Have you ever seen Iceland in mid-June? I didn't until last summer when my connecting flight started landing from Chicago in Reikjavik. Once our plane peeked out from under the clouds, we had the chance to see Iceland in a different way. Thinking that Iceland would be a very cold and a rather snowy place, we were suprised to see a beautiful ocean and were greeted by fields of gorgeous flowers.
We arrived in the London Heathrow airport at 5 in the afternoon. Afterwards, there awaited us a 3 hour car ride to Thetford where we would be staying with family.
Journey to see Scarlett Quigley and Adam Parrish in Newcastle June 24
June 24th, we took a 5 hour trip by car to Newcastle. We got to see the beautiful highlands of England out our rented car window along with the little villages huddled along the valley ridges. At first it was quite scary as a passenger on the left side of the car hoping that mom will squeeze through the roundabouts that are foreign to us in America, and won't start driving on the wrong side of the road. But luckily, other than a few missed exits, my mom was very good at adapting to the suddle change in how traffic works.
None of our phones had working internet to use a GPS, so we did take a few wrong turns at certain exits and did end up coming late to the concert. But fortunately, we came just in time to hear Scarlett sing and later, Adam play his beautiful written pieces at the end.
When we entered the St Nicholas Cathedral, we were graced by the beauty of the church and Adam's beautiful piano playing. Scarlett sang O Mio Babbino Caro, You Must Love Me from Evita, and Panis Angelicus. (Her voice was so powerful and sounded just wonderful among the acoustics of the cathedral ceiling and stone walls. The sound was definitely something enchanting and it took our breath away)Adam also played his written pieces at the end and got to tell us quite a few stories of his past experiences in the musical journeys.
To learn more about Scarlett Soprano please visit her website at: http://scarlettsoprano.com/
Go to Soundcloud to listen Scarlett's music https://soundcloud.com/scarlettsoprano
To learn more about Adam Parrish visit his website at http://adamparrishmusicwebsite.weebly.com/
Afterwards, my mom and I got to meet the both of them along with Scarlett's mum, Andrea Quigley. We got to chat a bit and got some tea and red velvet cake at a nearby cafe. After lots goodbyes and wishes, the trio had to leave back home. Both me and my mom stayed at the hotel and later that evening, the two of us went for a really nice dinner at a restaurant since it was my mom's birthday.
Find more about St. Nicholas Cathedral: http://stnicholascathedral.co.uk/
The following day, just as we were leaving, we got to stop by the Newcastle Castle. We learned a lot of the history of Newcastle as we walked through the narrow corridors and winding stairs and read the little signs on the walls explaining what certain rooms were used for and what wardrobe really meant back in the 1600s. In the gallery hall, I was so spellbound by the acoustics of the 3 story high hall, I just had to try out a song that would be appropriate for me to sing there. My mom ended up recording me singing "Siuil A Ruin".
You can walk with me in Newcastle Castle and listen to my "Siuil A Ruin" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dwUmRg8QTI
On our way to the top of the castle, there were more of those signs planted in the nooks of the walls. Once the climbing of stairs got a bit harder, the signs started saying something along the lines of: "Is it hard already? Imagine wearing a full suit of armor". That definitely caused at least some motivation to keep on.
Find more about Newcastle Castle http://www.newcastlecastle.co.uk/