Friday Fun in a flash

The flash mob is a wonderful thing, as long as it’s done well. Fortunately, this week I have a couple that were done extremely well and are probably almost as fun to watch as they were to perform…

First up is one that was emailed to me by a friend’s mother who actually participated in it. Annoyingly, I could have experienced it in the flesh as it took place at St Pancras’ Eurostar terminal, but ironically, I had departed to vicar week from the very same terminal just a few days previously. I defy you not to do some air conducting as you watch it – it is quite literally a classic flash mob… (Though I imagine the orchestra was something of a give away.)

Because I like to show off my connections, I also know someone in the next flash mob – one that I believe went viral while I was in France. One of the singers is my sister’s best friend from uni (her partner in crime for many an inappropriate comedy routine – never go out in public with the two of them) and it’s quite honestly one of the most beautiful things ever to have happened on a train to Watford. [Plus, I am consistently amused that the acronym for the Adam Street Singers is ASS – did they think that through?]

On Wednesday I had an awesome evening with the Swingle Singers, a group who have become so famed for their involvement in flash mobs that they actually worked their set around them. (I am inordinately jealous of the woman who became the centre of attention during a flash mob rendition of Hello by the loveliest Swingle…) Although I know I’ve mentioned it a few times, I don’t think I’ve ever properly featured their original flash mob, so here it is:

And, while we’re on the subject of award winning a cappella vocal groups which involve people that I know, this is an appropriate moment to mention The Songmen, who won not one but two awards at the Tolosa International Choral Contest last week. [No, I hadn’t heard of it either, but this is apparently a big deal.] I highly recommend becoming their fan on Facebook and acquiring their forthcoming album – it has one of the most beautiful renditions of Bright Eyes on it and is generally rather lush*. There’s no video of that track yet, but here’s their interpretation of Mr Bojangles:

*In no way has my brother-in-law paid me to say this. It is purely my own opinion.

As far as I’m aware, The Songmen haven’t been in a flash mob, but it’s probably only a matter of time…

Finally, as we’re on the subject of interesting musical performances, how about a Lady Gaga fugue played on a 250 year old organ? I’m laying that one down as a challenge to church organists everywhere.