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In January we did our usual sell out shows at Ronnie Scotts with the Fallen Angel Band. In February Tony Remy and myself guested with Noemi at San Remo Song festival with Enrico Melozzi conducting the orchestra.
In May 2012 I got married to Mark Pulsford, the love of my life, at the 606 where we had met 4 years earlier. We had a humanist wedding and many wonderful friends and family came and shared this special occasion with us. Earlier that day we had an intimate ceremony in the garden of my brother and sister in law, for both our mothers, who could not manage being in a small jazz club for health reasons.
Antonio Forcione, Ian Shaw, Tony Remy, Tim Cansfield, Liam Genockey, Henry Thomas, Jennifer Maidman and Annie Whitehead all entertained us with their wonderful gifts of music and thanks also to Steve at 606 and his staff, we had the best night of our life!
My good friends Julie and Kathryn came from as far afield as New York.
|Two weeks before the wedding we launched the Cello Songs Project at the
Hay Festival and later that year in November we launched it in London at
The Purcell Rooms, in Bristol and in Southampton, with the Celestial
Cello Quartet and Jenny Adejeyan and a star studded choir with Tony
Remy, Henry Thomas, Enrico Melozzi and Michael Rosen.
My son Otis duetted on Bob Dylans 'I Shall Be released'. Thank you all so much for your support for this. Just before the Cello Songs concert I was informed that our dear, dear friend Reg Simmonds had died of cancer. The evening was dedicated to him.
|Reg has been an amazingly inspirational man and loved Jazz with a
passion. He and his wife Deidre part lived in London and Burnham Market,
in Norfolk and was determined to educate the friends he had made in
Burnham Market, in what was and what wasn't good in music.
He organized so many concerts for the likes of myself, Ian Shaw, Liane Carrol and always turned the concerts into raising money for deserved causes. Henry and I sung 'I Shall Be Released' at Reg's send off along with many other musical friends. Because of his passion for Mercedes cars 'Lord Wont You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz' was what we all sung as they carried him out of the church.
Reg Simmonds the world is a sadder emptier place without you!