Tapathon

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Jan 032016
 

orba tapathon-001Celia’s dance group took part in November in the BBC TV’s Children in Need ‘Tapathon’, an event in which thousands of tap dancers throughout the UK try to beat the record for the most people dancing the same routine simultaneously the to the same piece of music.

After months of practice and with a packed audience in the Civic Centre, Orba, the event raised over €500 and just failed to beat the world record by a little over 200 dancers.

 

DSCF4125 (800x534)To watch a video of the dance click here.

CBMVC Christmas concerts

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Jan 032016
 

The Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir enjoyed a busy run-up to Christmas with our usual programme of carol concerts, including a half-hour set at the U3A’s Musical Extravaganza at the Parador Hotel in Javea. The Choir also played a major role in the Moraira Lion’s Carol Concert and enjoyed an uplifting performance at St Bartholomew’s Church in Javea, where with the Mayor of Javea, Jose Chulvi joining us, a wide selection of Christmas music from the Choir, plus the Choir’s quartet and trio, was enjoyed by all who attended. The final concert of our busy Christmas programme was in the beautiful surroundings of Benitachell Church, after which we enjoyed our end-of-season party at the Casa de BeniAsia, where we sang our hearts out acapella-style after a few glasses of wine!

A video of the U3A concert can be viewed here

Medieval Byways

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Jan 032016
 

In November we took another road trip, this time exploring an area inland from Castellon famous for Valencia’s pottery industry, more medieval towns and villages with their superb castles, visiting one of the province’s most important collections of contemporary art and finishing up in the Sierra d’Espada mountains.

We started our tour in the town of Villafames, where we explored the castle, visited the Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in beautiful 15th century Palau de Batle, and spent our first night in the hotel El Rullo. The next day we drove across country through an area famous for its ceramics and pottery, now heavily industrialised, to L’Alcora and Onda, the latter famous for its Moorish castle.

We had intended to visit the wonderful underground caverns in the Vall d’Uixo in the afternoon but we arrived to find them closed because of high water levels caused by the recent heavy rain. We therefore headed up into the National Park of the Sierra d’Espada to the tiny of Ain village nestled in the mountains. In a village with a population of just over 200, we never expected to find such an excellent hotel as the Beniali, with luxury modern bedrooms and a restaurant that must one day soon earn a Michelin star! The roads into and out of the village were spectacular and a hair-raising drive, especially the following day after one of the best breakfasts ever.

To enjoy a short slideshow of our trip, set to music, click here.