THE BMLS – AGM & GTG
Woodland Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa
19/20/21 OCTOBER 2018
hotel was a little way out of the town, but set in lovely grounds.
Our Friday evening followed the usual pattern, with
pre-dinner drinks followed by a very good buffet. New
members were welcomed, including Valeria Pugliotto from Rome, who has
promised to return next year with her sixteen year old son.
Following the meal, George Thomson played a selection of his music while everyone renewed acquaintences and chatted.
morning was taken up with both the AGM's, the Educational Foundation
and the BMLS. In between we had coffee breaks, all free I
might add. Following a stupendous buffet lunch (with many
returning for second helpings!) We were treated to many
Gianluca Terranova recordings via Youtube, with many
members amazed at his rendition of Mes Amis (the 9 high C's).
Long service awards were handed out to those present.
Volunteers then offered to tell of their memories relating to the
BMLS and Mario. Following a coffee break the film 'For the First
Time' was shown, taking us up to break time to prepare for the evening
We returned to our private room to a sparking wine
reception and a lovely three course dinner which included wine for each
person if they wanted it. During dinner George played his lovely
selection of orchestral arias etc, which really sets the mood!
Following dinner the raffles were drawn. Three beautiful
hand painted portraits of Mario and also the general raffle
Also, Derek Mannering's 'Life in Pictures' .
raffles George showed us his film clips from old movies etc, which was
enjoyed very much indeed. Folllowing more chat members gradually
retired to bed.
Sunday morning is given over to George and his
'Member's Choice' of music which he transfers to CD and after playing,
is presented to the winning member. A draw takes place for next
year, which was won by our Rome member, Valeria. We then had a
coffee break folllowing which George presented film clip selections all
about Mario, ending in comments by Domingo, Carreras and Pavarottie
from the Sky Arts series 'Legends of Opera'. A very
We then, via Youtube, showed one
member's interview regarding her visit with three other members, to
visit Mario in Rome and how they also met him at Victoria Station in
London. This was followed by Ellisa's interview in Dublin.
We were then treated once again, to a fantastic buffet lunch,
before members said their goodbyes and set out for their various
Next year will see the sixtieth anniversary of Mario's passing and we will return to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Reading.