Back in Lahti for "Swingin' on Broadway" (and a refreshing dip!)

Gary with Emma KershawAs I type this we are about to go back to Sibelius Hall for our third and final concert of Swingin' on Broadway with the Lahti Sinfonia and Big Band in Finland. I think this is my fifth time here with the wonderful orchestra and it's great to be with conductor Rod Dunk and singer Emma Kershaw for this concert - the orchestral version of the album I recorded a couple of years ago. It's a real treat to hear some of those arrangements on the CD expanded for full orchestra, like Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and Surrey With A Fringe On Top. You can watch and listen to the whole concert from 17th February till 10th March - just click here. The last few times I've been here I've indulged in the local pastime of ice swimming. The temperature was a little lower this time, minus 13 outside and the water was zero (or minus zero as the sign said!). It was bloody cold as you can see for yourself on this little video clip.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgJXMPw9FBk[/youtube]

Gary outside Sibelius Hall

Gary on stage

Outside Sibelius Hall

Emma Kershaw with Rod Dunk