As I was on the front row of the choir, I tried desperately to listen to his instructions to the Leader of the Orchestra to hear where he wanted us to sing from or if he wanted to repeat a section, and then I let other singers know what I thought he'd said.
At one point during the rehearsal, Emily, on my right, leaned over to me and said:
"I can't place his accent. Is he Dutch?"
"No, he's Welsh, but I understand your mistake"