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Day Six: Anthem in Bury

Thu Mar 29 2012

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The Anthem bloggers have returned to normality, after an amazing tour ended with a sell out concert in York on Tuesday evening.  We’ll be looking back at the tour and the last concerts very soon but for now, Beni Weedon tells us about his day in Bury on Sunday 25 March:

“This morning we had a wonderful instrument making session in which many conventional instruments were recreated with excellent eccentricity. Oboes made of straws, hose pipe horns and bucket basses all populated the upper area of the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.   The morning was also punctuated by small workshops – no less noisy but probably more musical than the instrument making. The song writing workshop (with James Redwood) featured sunny bunny days, a crazed lion and a somewhat vindictive Easter Bunny. Also, beautifully incorporating the newly made horns, tooting and hooting – the Apex Anthem was born (delivered by Martin Lawrence).

The concert was particularly special due to the vast numbers of fiddles, cellos and even a couple of mini basses all playing along side the orchestra. And despite the relatively small number of singers that we were left with, we had some of the best singing of the tour!

The tandem ride continues after a chilly start this morning but this evening a pretty long leg  (72 miles) is being accompanied by stunning sunset. I hope they can see it now!”

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