We played for an RAF officers’ dinner party last night, in the lovely setting of Madingley Hall outside Cambridge: oak panelling, Tudor architecture, ornamental gardens ….

The acoustic was fantastic (for a change!). Here are some of the band enjoying a warm-up play. We’re working on new tunes, as always, including a Brudmarsch Mike learned from a friend in Germany.


The dancing was energetic, if a trifle unsteady, understandably! We played for only ninety minutes, but squeezed in an impressive number of dances, with seemingly tireless couple up each time. The Cumberland Square Eight was particularly vigorous, with couples displaying a dogged commitment to generating the dreaded helicopter effect. Here’s one set doing just that!


And it was a first outing for Andrew’s new melodeon – a C/F Castagnari Lilly. He didn’t get to play it, but here it is looking very beautiful.


So – a good time had by all, and they were very appreciative. The follow-up e-mail says:


We had an absolutely lovely time. You were perfect, talking us all through the dances. It’s so lovely to dance with whom you so often only pass at work.

Thank you so much.

Leo and us all.”


About Andrew Burn

University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BT
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