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June 23, 2006

Another successful gala concert

Follow-up to What a fantastic evening! from Steve's blog

Goog music. Good atmosphere. Spectacular fireworks to finish. What more could you want? Another good evening to end the year, and as last year I've heard many good comments from local residents. I'm sure they enjoyed it and appreciate the University running the event and inviting them.

Since we've now done it two years running, and there was nothing particularly special about 2006, is this an indication that it is going to be an annual event? I hope so.

I do have one gripe and one suggestion:

  • The food is a bit expensive. £3.50 is a bit expensive for a barbequed burger. They are very nice, but not that nice.
  • How about some kid's entertainment at the back of the field? There were quite a few small people there last night, including my two, and the music alone isn't quite up to holding their attention the whole time. Especially not the smaller ones (my 5–year–old got bored quite quickly). A bouncy castle and a Punch & Judy show would go down well:–)

Finally, a photographic contribution. I didn't do much with the camera at last night's concert. I was with other people and couldn't really wander around to get a good vantage point for shots of the stage. Instead I went for the atmospheric shots and ended up with this:
Gala finale
The contrast of the lit stage with the clould formations was what appealed about this one. It was taken towards the end, just before 10:30pm.

I have a video of the fireworks that I'll link to when I can. Since it is a 150MB file I'm having to wait for it to be accepted by Google Video – I don't have anywhere else to host a file that big! Watch this space…

Update: The video of the fireworks is here. Google Video also has last year's. These recordings don't really pick up the sound of the fireworks – they could never do justice to the physical thump you feel when the big ones go off. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, because the sound of the crowd's reaction is just as entertaining!!!

January 13, 2006

The gala concert returns

Writing about web page

Looks like we're going to get another gala concert this year, like the one for the 40th anniversay last year. Excellent. That was such a good event I was hoping they'd give it another go. I wasn't expecting another so soon, but it would be brilliant if this turns into an annual event. It brought a lot of local people onto campus, and all of the non-Warwick people I spoke to enjoyed it immensely. I'm sure it was good for Warwick's reputation in the local community. And, of course, it was good fun for Warwick staff and students too! Can't wait.

Let's just hope the weather is alright on the night…

June 24, 2005

What a fantastic evening!

Of course I mean the "Gala Concert". Great weather, great entertainment, spectacular fireworks. The crowd was a nice mix of students (the majority, I guess), local residents and staff. And it really was mixed, not with the different groups keeping to themselves. There were picnics, strawberries and cream, an enormous queue for the BBQ, a shorter queue for ice creams, wine, beer, etc. I'm useless at estimating the size of crowds, but I'll have a guess at 2000 people in all. Maybe more? And evreybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. They were genuinely appreciative of the performers, who were excellent.

Here's a little panorama taken about 8pm.

It is very wide. The full sized version is 9000×1800 and too big to fit into a Blogbuilder gallery. You can find it here. There are some other assorted pictures in my gallery.

A video of the fireworks is now living in Google Video, here.

I took some friends who live nearby. They thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening and specifically asked that I convey their appreciation to the organisers. So, if that's you – consider yourselves appreciated. They also thought it would be a great shame to leave it as just a one–off event, and maybe it should be done again for the 41st anniversary?!

I agree. I didn't really know what to expect of the event, but it was so much better that I anticipated. If it was repeated next year, people would be better prepared for it, especially local residents, and it could be even bigger and better.

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