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Chi-chi’s Tour Diary

Fri Feb 14 2014

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Armed with camera phone, Double Bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE brings you a behind the scenes look at the latest OAE tour…

First Assembly – Oh yes… So far so good! No bits got left behind so we’re in with a chance for our first concert tonight… Small job of screwing neck back on though!

Spectacular backdrop to our concert hall in Gran Canaria.

Spectacular backdrop to our concert hall in Gran Canaria.

Is El Hiero ready for us?

Is El Hiero ready for us?

Breakfast at El Hiero airport.

Beautiful, with the Cafe Iruna behind.

Beautiful, with the Cafe Iruna behind.

This wonderful cafe/bar Iruna is where Hemmingway frequented.

This wonderful cafe/bar Iruna is where Hemmingway frequented.

Rehearsing Dido's lament in very dry Teatro Gayarre in Pamplona.

Rehearsing Dido’s lament in very dry Teatro Gayarre in Pamplona.

Celebrating Ally and Steven's Birthdays.

Celebrating Ally and Steven’s Birthdays.

Waiting to take over the train from Zaragoza to Pamplona.

Waiting to take over the train from Zaragoza to Pamplona.

Steven receiving pressies.

Steven receiving pressies.

Here in good time for the 11:30 Kew Gardens/Zaragoza express.

Here in good time for the 11:30 Kew Gardens/Zaragoza express.

Here's looking at you.

Here’s looking at you.

Philippa wheels bass from boat to bus.

Philippa wheels bass from boat to bus.

We come across all manner of things in our shared backstage facilities...!

We come across all manner of things in our shared backstage facilities…!

Planes full of English tourists were pouring into Tenerife airport & landing VERY close to us...

Planes full of English tourists were pouring into Tenerife airport & landing VERY close to us…

Jonathan Manson warming up with star jumps before going on stage in Fuerteventura.

Jonathan Manson warming up with star jumps before going on stage in Fuerteventura.

The glass was bigger than Matthew's head... It was not always clear who was drinking who?!!!!!:-)

The glass was bigger than Matthew’s head… It was not always clear who was drinking who?!!!!!:-)

Jonathan well tucked in with his cello stowed cosily next to him... en route from Tenerife to El Hierro!

Jonathan well tucked in with his cello stowed cosily next to him… en route from Tenerife to El Hierro.

All aboard & setting sail to La Gomera. Stunning weather, beautiful views & friendly sea!

All aboard & setting sail to La Gomera. Stunning weather, beautiful views & friendly sea!

Our final bow after the last concert of the tour.

Our final bow after the last concert of the tour.

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Two week’s worth of boarding passes.

 

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