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November 2011

Here’s a bit of bloggage in honour of the coming out of my DVD, Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra (Live at the Royal Albert Hall).

The Heritage Orchestra is surely the coolest symphony orchestra on the planet (hard to verify, but very likely indeed), and I had an unbelievably incredibly excellent time touring with them.

Below are some ramblings from Chris Wheeler, the Heritage’s idiotic and sexually ambiguous producer. Below that are things that Pete and Brad and I wrote in an earlier blog, wot I’ve gone and reposted.

The DVD comes out in the UK on Monday (14th) and in Australia the following Wednesday (23rd). If everyone in those two countries buys a copy, then I’ll buy a castle in Italy and a monkey.

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Tim in big hair and tails at the piano whilst behind him Jules Buckley leads the Heritage Orchestra with flourishes of his 'wand' and sometimes dancing...

Chris Wheeler – Artistic Director of Heritage Orchestra:
“Having been tipped off about Tim’s need for an orchestra by our sax player (who happened to have drugged him backstage at a Jamie Cullum gig) we decided to follow Tim for two weeks and plant sublimal messages about Heritage Orchestra to secure our booking. After one week the tuba player just about blew his cover in the mens lavatory right next to the target, not to mention our unstable Bassoonist who, unbeknownst to higher management, had a genuine fascination with Minchin and just about spilled her beans during one of many staged ‘within ear-shot’ conversations based on the greatness of Heritage Orchestra. Suffice to say, our relabelling of Tim’s favourite consumables with the words ‘book the Heritage Orchestra Mr Minchin or we’ll chop your bollocks off’ at his local Costcutter, must have swayed him, and we were soon to receive the call from the medieval weaponry department of Phil McIntyre Entertainment and be catapulted into the world of arena comedy. We no longer follow Tim, except the Bassoonist who does follow him a lot.

On a less serious note, our time on tour with Tim, Pete, and Brad was incredible. My passionate moment with Tim was a personal highlight. But it’s not often you get invited to tour around the country in a double-decker with 55 people who ‘know each other’ (I refrained from saying friends as some are lovers and others are sworn enemies), and rock-out on stage in front of thousands of people with a proper funny man – good times. Brad and Pete were sort of ok to be with too, I think that Tim felt sorry for them because they were outnumbered when we played nicky-nacky-noo in the hotel steam room with the wind section and three french horns, but Brad and I grew close after that. I think Brad and I will be friends forever. I love Brad.

Anyway, I find it hard to write a serious blog about a tour that was full of laughs and general tomfoolery. But of course we are the most professional orchestra in the goddamn world, and had the most advanced orchestral production setup we could have hoped for thanks to Tim’s uncompromising vision for this orchestral spectacular. Alleluia…… Alleluia.

Heritage Orchestra loves Tim, and we thank him and all those involved who made the tour and forthcoming DVD possible, what a pleasure.”

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In addition to putting on a show with supremely brilliant lineup in aid of an excellent cause, Crisis are also offering four lucky people the chance to meet and greet Tim!

If you missed the first announcement, the show, Stand Up and Rock, takes place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on the 20th December and, in addition to Tim, features Paul Weller, Graham Coxon, Jo Brand and The Choir With No Name, and if that’s not enough, it’s being hosted by the fantastic Ross Noble. Tickets are available from Gigs and Tours and Ticketmaster.

So here’s the exciting bit – Crisis are also auctioning two special pairs of tickets for the show on Seetickets, which include the opportunity for you to meet Tim! Bidding closes tomorrow night at 8pm, so dig deep and get bidding as all proceeds will help this wonderful cause.

Funds raised will go towards the Crisis at Christmas campaign, which is marking it’s 40th anniversary this year, as well as helping with Crisis Skylight centres, which provide education and training year-round. The Crisis at Christmas campaign provides a warm, safe place to stay for tens of thousands of homeless and vulnerably housed people and sets them up for a better year ahead. Further details of their work can be found on the Crisis website.

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If you’re in America, Tim will be popping up on Sirius XM‘s Raw Dog Comedy, channel 99, this weekend! They’ll be airing an interview with him, which will be interspersed with performances of some of his stupid songs and some of his not so stupid songs. The dates and times you’ll need to hear this slice of awesomeness are as follows:

Saturday 5th November – 4pm ET
Sunday 6th November – 10pm ET

If you don’t have access to Sirius XM and still want a piece of Tim (or if you do, and want more), don’t forget that you can now grab a copy of his debut American DVD, ‘Ready For This?’ and if you’re near Providence or Chicago, then Tim has gigs there tonight and on the 10th, respectively.

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Stand Up and Rock!

by Shell 1st Nov | 6 comments


Paul Weller, Tim, Graham Coxon and Jo Brand will headline Stand Up and Rock: an exciting music and comedy gig in aid of Crisis on Tuesday 20 December 2011, at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. The event will be hosted by Ross Noble.

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people, working to end homelessness by campaigning and providing essential services and opportunities to meet individual needs. Stand Up and Rock comes as Crisis at Christmas is marking its 40th year of providing a warm, safe place to stay for tens of thousands of homeless and vulnerably housed people. Crisis at Christmas not only provides immediate help for homeless people over this critical time, but it sets them up for a better year ahead.

Joining the musicians and comedians on stage will be The Choir With No Name, an acclaimed choir made up of homeless people and others on the fringes of society. If you didn’t click the links above then more gig details and information about Crisis can be found here.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 4th November from: www.gigsandtours.com and Ticketmaster. Both standing and seated tickets are available ranging from £39.50 to £75.00.

All proceeds from the gig will go towards Crisis’ life changing services at Crisis at Christmas and year-round in its Skylight centres across the country. Crisis will be asking gig-goers to sign up to a new campaign, No one turned away, calling for the Government to strengthen the law so no one is forced to sleep rough.

Tim: “Stand Up and Rock for Crisis is going to be an amazing night. Such a unique mix of acts, and a huge milestone for this brilliant charity. Can’t wait.”

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