Last weekend I performed my 1940s show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (the Caledonian) in Edinburgh. A very special event was taking place as it was a tea party for Contact the Elderly, a wonderful charity organisation who organise get-togethers for elderly people who live alone. This is such important work as there are so many older people who are alone and lonely, with no real way to get out and about.
Contact the Elderly brings together volunteers and older community members so that they can enjoy tea, cake and a chat. This year is a special year for the charity as it is their Golden Jubilee year, so Bailley Gifford (an investment management firm who has chosen Contact the Elderly as its Charity of the year) very kindly organised a fabulous 1940s style tea party at the luxury hotel right across from the Edinburgh Castle in the heart of the city.
Also performing were the fabulous trio ‘Le Swing’ headed by excellent guitarist Marcus Ford. I was booked to perform my show during the band’s break, and afterwards we did a couple of impromptu numbers together. It was lots of fun, and it’s always a treat for me to work with such great musicians.
Here’s a video snippet we caught on the day:
The audience had a fantastic time dancing and singing along, and there was lots of lovely feedback from people who were so pleased to hear all those beautiful songs again.
Big thanks to Sam from Ballie Gifford and Kirsty the events coordinator for all their help on the day, and also to Doug and Fiona at the Entertainers Agency.