Thursday, March 08, 2007

I followed Aidan blindly through the city. "We'll use the toilets at Town Hall," says he - thus leading me to the conclusion that Town Hall is in fact our final destination.

He has been teasing me with cryptic hints for weeks now. "Keep the 7th free," he said. "I don't know if you'll like it, the concept is good but the host is bad." I was clueless!

We stood in a long queue outside Town Hall, which had no advertising outside... and then he showed me the ticket: The Choir of Hard Knocks!!! The Choir is a group of homeless and disadvantaged people brought together by conductor Jonathon Welch. Their months of working together culminated in their gala launch last night at Town Hall in Melbourne.

I had my reservations, but I kept an open mind and agreed with Aidan that the concept was indeed good.

It wasn't long before we realised that the singing was also very good! There are some extremely talented indivduals among the choir, including the vendor I often buy The Big Issue from. I saw him this morning, and told him what a wonderful night it was!

The Choir of Hard Knocks was joined by the Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus, Jimmy Barnes's daughter Mahalia, and Timothy McCallum. All the performers were outstanding, and it was a really fun event!

A wonderful birthday present for this little socialist! Yup, I'm 24 today. Yay me! I hope everybody has a happy my-birthday!

9 comments:

Aidan said...

Happy Birthday my beautiful wife....

Glad you had fun, something different and special, for someone special in my life

Love you forever

Aidan

Menchie said...

Happy birthday Stace!!!!

Have fun today. :D

Cazzie!!! said...

OMG, happeeee birfday girl :) That event sounds like so much fun, good on you Aidan for buying tix to it mate :)
I have bought that form a few times before, from a guy who is in a wheelchair...he comes into work sometimes, bless his dear-heart :)

Jewel said...

What a wonderful birthday present/surprise! The concert sounds like something I would love! A very, very happy birthday to you, Stace!! I'll do my best to make it a happy one here! *smile* ((HUGS))

Stace said...

Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes! It turned out to be a reasonable day, despite work... well, let me re-phrase: once I got home it was a lovely birthday!!!

Paul said...

Sounds like a great idea and a good time -

Within Without said...

Stace, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!

That was a beautifully told story, could see your happiness and ecstacy about it shining through.

And geez, that Aidan...do you think maybe you might keep him?

You both are lovely people. Your blog and his are the only ones on the planet I can (or would) go to to see real love in real time.

Brilliant!!!

Stace said...

WW, you make me blush!!!

Within Without said...

Good then, girl, so you won't kill me when you see what I've been saying on Aidan's blog...