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An Orfila Christmas…

So, yet another Christmas has been celebrated…! It’s crazy! To think it all began months ago when we were sat in a restaurant in London and they started playing Christmas songs and we were saying how far away Christmas was… It’s mad how quickly it comes around!

Christmas is so special to us Orfs, as I’m sure it is to you too. It’s a time for family and close friends to share special moments and make some very special memories that will be treasured forever.

We have our own traditions at Christmas and have celebrated it in the exact same way every single year since I can remember. I am pretty sure it will be the same until the first of us, either Matt, Abi or I, gets married and decides it’s time to create a Christmas with our own little people!

Christmas has always been magical since I can remember. The whole build up… writing letters to Santa Claus, school Christmas musicals back in the day, choosing and purchasing a Christmas jumper, playing all the classic Christmas songs, doing Christmas gigs (as of the last 7/8 years), putting the decorations up (the sparkly lights are always my favourite part), going to Christmas parties, going to see all the Christmas lights, buying presents, wrapping the presents, seeing family that I haven’t seen all year, going to church, eating lots of yummy food… The list goes on and on! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!!!

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Santa was good to the Orfs again this year. Between us we got a banjo, a new guitar, an accordion and a cajón (percussion box!)… We are so lucky and so so so grateful! This year there is going to be even more musical-madness!

I hope you all had a lovely time!

Louise xx

Christmas Carol: The Musical

Well, this week has been incredible! I have been in a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ as the Ghost of Christmas Past… And I LOVED every single second of it! The music, the script, story, cast, crew, scenery, audiences were all amazing and I feel truly blessed to have been involved in such a magical show! The story is so lovely and the music is beautifully written by Alan Menken, who wrote the music for my favourite Disney film, ‘Beauty And The Beast’!! So, with that and the fact that it’s all about Christmas, it was a very pretty and magical production – a pleasure to be a part of!

The whole experience has been one to remember and I am extremely proud of my friends and family who were also involved. Oh, the many laughs we had both onstage and offstage!! I’ll treasure the memories, always.

Also, a huge thank you to everybody who came along to support this show, it’s really appreciated!

I took SO many pictures but here are just a few snapshots of the musical-madness:

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Although it’s sad that the show run has now ended, I am really looking forward to the next few weeks! It’s all going to be VERY musical, very Christmassy and very magical! I will be posting blogs about what I get up to… As always, there’s going to be lots of gigs, recording, writing and also many Christmas-related happenings taking place so I will be taking plenty of pictures!

Louise xx

Fun, fun, fun!

So, this week has been full of many more exciting things! Lots happening but here’s just a few of the things we’ve been up to over the past week:

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Above: Orfila played at The Tower Theatre on Friday for a show to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital! Well done to James Vince and everyone involved for supporting such a good cause!

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Above: Orfila with James Vince after our interview at Academy FM this week!

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Above: Orfila at Academy FM with radio presenters Clayton and Luke after our interview!

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Above: The Orfila Sisters with ‘Cover Drive’ before we supported them – lovely people and brilliant performers!

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Above: Me and Abi with our friend and tv presenter, James Sherwood!! Lovely guy, always has us laughing – joins us on stage at an event at least once a year… It’s becoming a tradition!

This has been yet another awesome week, feeling very blessed! Lots more exciting things coming up… watch this space!!

Louise xx

Birmingham: More studio-fun!!

So, Orfila were back in Birmingham last week to continue working on our album! We have nearly recorded all the tracks and its becoming even more exciting! We just want to say a big thank you to everyone involved, everyone who’s supporting us and everyone who’s making this possible in the first place – we are so so so grateful!!

As always, I took plenty of pictures, and have attached a few to this blog post:

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Above: Orfila in the studio ready for the day ahead!

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Above: Finding levels so I could record some guitar and vocals!

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Above: Tom and Ben… (our Brum musician-friends) recording guitar parts and drums… which are sounding great!

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Above: Abi recording piano and Matt dancing alongside!!

It’s all coming together now and won’t be long till it’s ready! More details will be announced after Christmas!

Keep up to date via:

@OrfilaMusic

or

www.facebook.com/OrfilaMusic

Thank you!

Louise xx

Jon Allen: Tower Theatre 2013

Our musician-friend, Jon Allen, came back to The Tower Theatre in Folkestone last night!! He performed an acoustic gig which was a mixture of songs from both his albums. Jon has been touring over the past few months and is currently recording some new material at the moment – some of which, he played for us last night. It was such a good gig. Acoustic gigs are always brilliant, there’s just something about pure, acoustic live music… I can’t explain it, but I just love it so much!

This is me and Abi with Jon after the gig:

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Also, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has ‘liked’ my music page on facebook!!! It’s now reached 620…. So, THANK YOU!!!

It would also be amazing to build up the www.facebook.com/OrfilaMusic page too because… well ….. we may or may not have some exciting news coming up soon…!!?

SO, I thought I’d leave you with a link to one of Jon’s songs. I do love a lot of your songs, J-man, but I think this one has to be my favorite.

Louise xx

Orfilary Things!

I have always loved performing, whether it’s in a musical or at a gig. Been gigging a lot over the past few months with ‘Orfila and we are having so much fun! Literally feel so lucky to play music and write songs with my brother and sister – love them both so much!

Here’s a few pics from our gigs this weekend:

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Huge thank you to everyone who came along to support us – never goes unnoticed and we really do appreciate it! Also, well done to the other acts who we shared the stage with this weekend, all brilliant performers!!

As well as gigging as much as we can, we’re off to Birmingham in a couple of weeks to carry on recording our album! Lots of things happening in preparation of this album… all very exciting!

To get updates of what we are up to follow us on twitter and like us on facebook:

http://www.twitter.com/OrfilaMusic

http://www.facebook.com/OrfilaMusic

Louise xx

Slightly New Venture…

Have had a brilliant few days in London filming for new feature films ‘The Theory of Everything’ and ‘Legacy’. This is something different for me and I really enjoyed it. I thought I’d share some pics of the madness that is ‘behind the scenes’…!

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Above: In my 70s costume with my new lil film-buddy, Oscar! (The Theory of Everything)

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Above: The guys from costume decided I needed a lil green owl on my shoulder! Rather cute companion and was very well behaved! (The Theory of Everything)

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Above: One of the scenes is set here, will look completely different when edited for the film as it was transformed into a 70s-street in Cambridge!

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Above: Snazzy shots of the door signs for Legacy Movie UK… ’cause, why not!? (For those who don’t know me well, I take lots of pictures… of everything!!)

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Above: This is a lil pic of where I had my hair and make-up done for Legacy Movie UK.

Both very different settings and experiences but both just as good! Met some brilliant actors and made some lovely friends!

Also, managed to finally go and see ‘The Book of Mormon’ and meet the cast. It’s such a fantastic show!! THE funniest musical I have ever seen!! (My own, personal opinion)

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Many more exciting things are happening over the next few months, cannot wait! Feeling very lucky, blessed, focused and determined ♥

Louise xx

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

I have recently been cast as ‘The Ghost of Christmas Past’ in ‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’.

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I have always loved this christmas story. When I was in primary school, our christmas show was ‘A Christmas Carol’ – I played Mrs Cratchit… Oh the memories!!? However, this time I am in a musical version and its brilliant!

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Rehearsals are now underway and the show will be running at The Tower Theatre in Folkestone from Saturday 30th November-Sunday 8th December!

It’s such a pretty musical! I’m so excited!! ♥

Louise xx

Birmingham: Take Two!!

So, our second musical-adventure to Birmingham was another successful trip! Our album is starting to take shape now and the songs are beginning to come together. It’s becoming more and more exciting every day! Working on our own material and getting stuck in to the recording process is just the best… words can’t explain it!

Here are a few pictures from the past few days… (I say ‘a few’ because if you know me well then you know I take thousands of pictures wherever I go…!!)

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Above: Just before we went to the studio on Wednesday morning!

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Above: Fascinated by the mirror in the lift so we decided it was necessary to pull impromptu facial expressions… easily pleased!

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Above: The all important studio-snack-bag!

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Above: Studio fun!!

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Above: The designated tea-time-chair!

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Above: Us with our musician-friends who are playing on our album, (in order from the left) Matt, Abi, Thomas, Ben and me!

I feel so incredilby lucky to have such talented siblings and a very supportive network of people around us putting so much hard work and every bit of faith they have into this album. We are so grateful for everyone’s continuous support with our music.

So, as far as album-news goes… We are heading back to Birmingham in a few weeks to continue recording!!

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Louise xx

Taking a moment in the madness!

I am in Birmingham with the rest of the Orfila family. This is our second trip here and we are here because we are recording our album which we are so excited about it!! I thought I’d just take a moment in the madness to write a blog entry as I haven’t had a chance to do so for a while now. Been so busy and I’m loving every second of it! So, here is just a quick update of what has been happening:

We (Orfila) have been gigging, rehearsing and recording non-stop over the past few months and its been so much fun!

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Here (above), we are just about to go back on stage for our second set when we played our very own gig at one of the Hythe Venetian Fete live concert evenings – thank you to everyone who came to support us!

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Here we are with James Vince after we played our set at Quiet Riot 2013! Thank you to James for having us on the bill for such a good cause.

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Me and Abi when we played at a fundraiser for a lovely little lady, Gracie Sims. We were very happy to have been asked to support this event.

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We played at Hythe Aid, a local charity fundraiser, the first of many more to come, which we really enjoyed!

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We did a ‘cover week’, where we posted a cover video on our youtube channel every day for a week – if you check out our youtube they are all uploaded on there. We are going to be doing a ‘Request Week’ soon, which we will announce on our facebook and twitter pages!

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I am also really excited to have been cast as ‘The Ghost of Christmas Past’, in ‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’. The show will be running at The Tower Theatre in Folkestone from 2nd-8th of December 2013!

All these experiences and opportunites are so incredible, I feel so so so lucky. And to be able to share them all with my beautiful, talented siblings makes it even more worthwhile. The past few weeks have consisted of many meetings and the next few months are going to involve putting our plans and ideas into practice.

I am going to try to write blog posts a lot more but as you can imagine, I have been a busy bee and haven’t had a chance!

So, for now, I am in Birmingham continuing to record with Orfila, gigging, rehearsing, back to University next week, will be in rehearsals for ‘A Christmas Carol’ and organizing some reaaaally exciting things that I can’t quite reveal just yet!!

Louise xx