Here's what I got up to:
Saturday, Concert - Monton Festival
Rehearsal 4. 30 pm - 6. 00 pm
Concert 7. 30 pm - 9. 30 pm
Opening performance in the Monton Festival. Concert went well, but the Chorale outnumbered the audience - hate it when that happens! Solo spot was a 'cello solo by a member of the Chorale. It was his own composition. It represented an argument between a woman and a man. He said that we had to figure out if the argument was resolved by the end of the piece.
At the end another Chorale member said to me "Did they make up, then?"
I replied, "I think the bloke stormed out"
Another member said, "Was that the piece? I thought he was warming up"
I don't think we took it seriously enough.
Sunday, Church Service
Rehearsal 9. 00 am - 10.00 am
Church Service 10.30 am - 12.00 noon
I think I was sold a dummy on this one. A member of the Chorale was ordained as a Church of England priest on Saturday. She was having a special service at her church on Sunday and asked members of the Chorale to go along and help out the church choir.
"Just three pieces" she said.
"Okay", I said, "I can give up an hour on Sunday to sing a couple of anthems for you".
A five part mass, three anthems and six hymns is not "just three pieces"!
I never knew that members of the clergy could lie!
Monday, Radio Broadcast
Rehearsal 8.00 am - 9.30 am
Live broadcast on Radio 4 9.45 am - 10.00 am
Why is it live? Don't the BBC know that singers need to be awake for at least five hours and have three cups of coffee before their voices are warmed up? Was barely awake for the rehearsal, but three cups of Tetley's (tea) later I managed the broadcast. Although as we went live on air I realised I should have gone to the loo first! If you listened (or listen again on the BBC iplayer) I was one of the sopranos doing the glorious top A flat in "O Thou, the Central Orb". Great fun!
All starts again tomorrow night with rehearsals for our next concert on 15 July.
And this is what keeps me sane!?
PS By request - To listen to the broadcast press play on the little player thingy below (thanks to my whizzy IT friend, C)