My infatuation with the new High Speed 1 trains and St. Pancras train station continues. When it first opened I wrote about the need for initial teething problems to be worked through. The station's free wifi is occasionally unavailable at peak times due to so many people using it, and can be slow. It also bars several sites on a somewhat random basis - several of the blogs on the blogroll on the right hand side cannot be accessed.
On the upside for a busy hub there is a relaxed feel to the Southeastern trains part of the concourse. Recently, I heard this group of young singers doing a wonderful marketing exercise. I know very little about opera but the sound was like the old BA advert, and a tranquil contrast to the sounds of the station. These young singers were busking and advertising that University College Opera will be performing Robert Schumann's only opera Genoveva at the Bloomsbury Theatre from 22nd March.
What an ingenious idea to combine a rehearsal with fundraising and raising the profile of the production whilst entertaining. I only wish they perhaps could video an extract as the clip of the opera below does not do justice to their singing. I hope their production is a success, and with the theatre 10 minutes walk from St. Pancras perhaps they will attract some visitors from East Kent.