As I write this first column (for the Carmarthen Journal), I recall “LYRIC LINES” written about the journey of the now well established Lyric Theatre. I haven’t managed to muster up a load of folk to save a theatre and change lives like my parents, but I’ill share the highs and lows of working in the arts. Every week differs – from showbiz glamour that people see, to the real difficulties (and funny moments) behind scenes. Ask me about about things you want to know – on Twitter & Facebook. The most interesting I will answer here.
Ok so let’s open up the diary and recall what happened recently.
Monday – early morning start in London to attend and open The Business Travels UK Awards at the very posh Grand Ballroom at the Hilton, Park Lane. Full of top executives in the best in the world of travel alongside celebrities like Richard Branson, Terry Waite, Sterling Moss, Angela Rippon & Robert Powell. I did mention to Robert that we’d both played Jesus, he seemed lost though. The food and setting were wonderful. Before you could say Carmarthen the awards finished and the whole travel industry was back at their desks.
From Park Lane, I enjoyed the rare moment walking through the busy streets of London. Passing iconic landmarks like the Ritz, Jermyn Street & the famous Burlington Arcade I remembered the times I always window shopped as a student at the Guildhall back in the 80s. I saved for a year for my first evening shirt studs from one of these sparkly expensive windows. I still wear those studs today.
Tuesday mentoring for the inspiring scheme run by the Welsh Government for schools & colleges – “Big Ideas Wales”. We don’t all fit the same box and demonstrates what we can all achieve with a little help. I wasn’t particularly academic or sporty myself. It took time to discover my abilities so this opportunity to help and share means so much to me.
Wednesday to Saturday – a mix of singing lessons, newspaper phone interviews, another trip to London, rehearsal with my band and a private wedding recital at Carreg Cennen. ‘twas truly beautiful and so honoured to share Ali and Laura`s special day.
Sunday remarkable it`s a day off with my wonderful daughter and a trip to watch the incredible Caro Emerald & her band at Cardiff’s Motorpoint. This is a fairly typical week with each day dealing with rehearsals, planning, creating, etc. organising concerts, people, promotional stuff and all that goes with being a professional musician.
Next week a new chapter – so get those questions in. I’m performing in a new arts centre – thanks to a Mayor with creative ideas plus I`m testing a new snazzy sexy Audi TT thanks to Sinclair Audi, Bridgend. So what would you like to know? (nothing rude please).
This article was originally published in the Carmarthen Journal in Mark’s weekly column for the paper.