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Club News - 2013


This is the Fanfare news of 2013, newer to older.
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Michael's 2012 Christmas presents

2013 Christmas presents for Michael

25 December, 2013 -  For Christmas this year, Michael received from Fanfare two fine French wines.  The white is from the Burgundy region, Grange Magnien Macon Villages by Louis Jadot, a crisp dry Chardonnay with a fine, buttery concentration. The red is from the Bordeaux region of Montagne Saint Emilion, Chateau La Fleur Plaisance 2006, Claret with a soft, ripe style.

To provide our favorite Mac fan with lots of music and apps, we've also given him a 100 iTunes gift voucher. 

Hope your Christmas was happy, Michael!

 

New audiobook: 'Hannibal: Fields of Blood'

5 September 2013 -  The second of the Ben Kane Hannibal audiobooks featuring Michael Praed as narrator has just been released. The title is 'Hannibal: Fields of Blood'.  Hannibal is the Carthaginian general who invaded Rome 218 BC - 216 BC.

Hannibal's campaign to defeat Rome continues as he marches south to confront his enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. But a stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played as Rome's generals seek to avoid confrontation. Eventually the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun. The place is Cannae - the fields of blood. The battle will go down in history as one of the bloodiest ever fought, a battle in which Hanno knows he must fight as never before - just to stay alive. Who will triumph? Hannibal and his warrior army, or the mighty legions of Rome?

'Hannibal: Enemy of Rome' is the first part of the story, released on 2 June 2011.

You should be able to find it on various audio download sources. Click here for a link to our Merchandise page for assistance.

Update: Although Amazon US may list this audiobook, it isn't available outside the UK due to licensing restrictions.

 

 'High Society' poster winner.

Lisa Loewy wins autographed 'High Society' poster

9 June 2013 -  Congratulations to Lisa Loewy for winning the autographed Michael Praed poster! We know you'll enjoy your poster, Lisa.  Thank you to all who entered!

I'd like to thank Clare Menary and, of course, the ever gracious Michael Praed for making this contest possible!

 

Detail of 'High Society' poster.
Pertinent detail of the poster.

Win an autographed 'High Society' poster!

26 May 2013 -  Thanks to Michael Praed fan Clare Menary, we have 'High Society' poster signed by Michael Praed to give away!

If you would like to enter the contest, post on the Fanfare Forum thread  with your name. You will be assigned a number in the order you post. (In other words, if you are the first to respond, you are 1. If you are the eleventh to respond, you are 11.) Two weeks from today, we will select a random number in our weekly chat. If your number corresponds to the number drawn, you get the poster. It is as simple as that.

Clare and I are disqualifying ourselves from entering the contest. Sign up now!

Note: Contest is now closed.

 

Michael's 2013 Birthday presents

Michael's 2013 birthday presents

1 April, 2013 -  Due to Christmas difficulties in ordering presents in the UK from the US, Celeste decided not to collect money for Michael's birthday present this year.  Instead, she experimented with a new payment method and bought fewer items.  There were still difficulties, but the transactions went through and two items were sent on behalf of Fanfare members.

The result was a Penhaligon's cologne sampler featuring phials of Blenheim Bouquet, Endymion, Sartorial, Quercus, Opus 1870, Artemisia, Malabah, Ellenisia, Lily of the Valley, and Bluebell.  Hopefully, this will give him new scents to try now his beloved Penhaligon's Orange Blossom cologne has been discontinued.

Also sent to Michael was a warm, fuzzy fleece blanket to keep him warm between performances.  We've heard Michael likes to nap between shows, so this should keep him cozy as he rests.

Happy Birthday, Michael!  May you have many more!

 

'High Society' premieres

'High Society' premieres

24 January 2013 -  Cole Porter's musical 'High Society' premieres this evening in Llandudno's Venue Cymru. The production stars Michael Praed as Dexter Haven, Sophie Bould as Tracy Lord, Daniel Boys as Mike Connor, Keiron Crook as George Kittredge, Carolyn Pickles as Margaret Lord and Alex Young as Liz Imbrie.

Based on the movie 'Philadelphia Story' with Katherine Hepburn, the plot follows wealthy socialite Tracy Lord, who is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband Dexter Haven turns up to try and win her back. In the middle of this competitive milieu, reporter Mike Connor falls instantly for Tracy and she for him. Which groom will the bride will choose?

'High Society' is produced by John Stalker for Music & Lyrics Ltd, For tour dates and to book tickets, visit www.highsocietymusical.com.

 

Happy New Year from Michael Praed's Fanfare!

Happy New Year!

1 January 2013 -  It is time to stop and reflect on the past year and contemplate the future.  Michael is presently rehearsing a brand new show for us in 2013.  The tour is going places that Michael hasn't been for a while.  2013 looks like another excellent year for Michael Praed fans!  Warmest New Year wishes to all of you.

 

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