Dedicated followers of Lydian Airs (probably me alone) may remember me taking my small choir Les Jeudistes (red and black in the photo above) on our World Tour of Kent and Sussex in May 2008. Abiding memories of this tour are:
*Beers tasting of something, unlike anything available in France
*Unbroken sun from dawn till dusk
*Mysterious ceremonies of cricket on village greens
*Zebra crossings with stop request buttons at equestrian height
*Seeing Boris Johnson in Northumberland Avenue and NOT KNOWING WHO HE WAS
*Overall impression of the English as being universally kindly, wealthy, generous, warm-hearted, francophile, god-fearing folk deeply committed to classical music, striped lawns, rhododendrons and driving on the wrong side of the road.
We invited our hosts, mainly from Sevenoaks, to return our call. They came, not entirely at full strength, last weekend. We sang several things together, including the Cachucha from The Gondoliers. If you believe the version below is what we performed - do watch through to the end - you maybe ought to see a specialist in credulity.