Probably the final post of the Lions Tour, I’m writing this from a very plush lounge (courtesy of Chris Thomas) in Abu Dhabi airport – where we have a 7 hour stop over before the flight back to LHR & then hopefully getting the connection up to Edinburgh.
After the highs of Saturday and Sunday, the multitude of goodbyes to all the Choir colleagues throughout Monday was definitely full of mixed emotions – really sorry the trip was over – for at least another 4 years, whilst at the same time knowing it was time to go home & get back to reality!
So many great and memorable moments, obviously the rugby and being there to witness a Series victory for the Lions has to be the real pinnacle, but the little penguins at Phillip Island, the 3 Choir concerts in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney – each with a different host Choir and each with its own individuality, but having in common 3 really great audiences. Taking part in the Ocean Yacht racing in Sydney Harbour, and getting virtually the whole Choir together, both in Melboune and in Sydney, for 2 magical nights of impromptu singing and joke telling.
This whole tour would not have been possible without Melody Music & Mark Burrows, he has had the most difficult task in keeping the whole show on the road & there’s been several problems, but Mark has managed to deliver, both a great tour and a Series Victory – so both Chris & I would certainly recommend Melody Music to any potential Lions Choiristers/supporters as trulyna Rugby Tour with a real added twist.
Finally I’d like to thank all the 2013 Lions Male Voice Choir participants for enabling 2 Scotsmen to be welcomed into the Choir, to Hayden James, David Last and especially Leighton for their dedication and organisation, which transformed a diverse group of singers into a “real choir”.
So for the last time in 2013 – Go Lions!!!