All was going well until about half way through the first half when I started to feel a bit woozy. Now, I have had headaches and a few dizzy moments in the last week or so, but I put it down to 'end of school year exhaustion'. Happens every year; two weeks into the holidays I start to pick up again. (I also have low blood pressure so I'm prone to this sort of thing.)
Anyway, I started to feel a bit faint.
"I need more air" I thought, "I'll just breath more". Not easy when singing Lotti's Crucifixus.
No better. I started moving my hair to get air to the back of my neck.
"I just need to make it to the end of the first half" I thought.
Then, I starting going cold and clammy. I realised that I really was going to faint.
"Oh my God, I'm going to faint" I thought. I couldn't faint, I'd knock everyone over, I needed to get out.
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Now, I stand in the very centre of the choir. Not easy to get out. If I go forward I knock over two sopranos and the conductor. If I go sideways I knock over all the other sopranos' music. Perhaps I can go behind the ladies and in front of the tenors?
A quick look confirmed this as my best option. I closed my folder, put my head down and went for it.
"I'll go to the vestry and sit down. If I can just get to the vestry" I thought.
That's when I saw the very large wooden vestry door with clanking metal handles was shut.
"Oh no, I'll make a Holy racket if I open it. I'll make for the chairs at the back of the church"
So I walked calmly down the side to the back of the church when I realised that all the chairs were occupied by the people doing the interval refreshments.
"Oh heck, what do I do now? I know, I'll sit in the back pew". I was getting desperate.
The back pew was full of audience! What they heck were they doing sitting at the back when there was room further forward?
"I'll have to just duck into another pew", I thought.
So I quickly ducked into the nearest pew, sat down, put my head between my knees and literally prayed!
Luckily, a very kind man from the back of the church brought me a glass of water.
I've now joined the ranks of sopranos who abandon concert part way through!
(In case you were wondering, I watched the second half then got home safely with another choir member. A good night's sleep last night and I feel a lot better)