HERE’S TO LIFE
A concert on Saturday dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, evokes a series of strange coincidences for lead performer Isabella Miller Bell.
It features Scottish born Celtic soul blues singer songwriter producer Miller Bell aka Ma Bell, accompanied by a line up of Cantabrian jazz greats with Bob Heinz on guitar, John Bevin, piano, Mike Kime, bass and special guest Reuben Derrick on saxophone and clarinet.
On Aug 31 1997 at the Great Hall, Miller Bell was presenting the Billie Holliday tribute, The Lady sings the Blues.
‘‘I sang the song Gloomy Sunday, it was last in the programme, when the doors of the Great Hall opened at 4.30pm. The first person through announced that Princess Diana had been killed.’’
Miller Bell helped organise with the city council a candlelight memorial service the following week outside Christ Church Cathedral.
Five years later she presented a theatrical music production, Remembering Diana, which included the best Christchurch Celtic and jazz and blues musicians in deference to Diana’s links with the Royal Stuarts.
Miller Bell will give some anecdotes at this Saturday’s concert.
Nut Point Centre, Langdons Rd, West Melton August 26, 7.30pm. Tickets, $25 include a light supper. Bookings are essential via nutpoint.org or call 342 1033
Isabella Miller Bell aka Ma Bell, Celtic, jazz and blues singer.