Thursday, March 31, 2011

Such a busy time!

The past few weeks have been quite interesting for me musically. I spent last week performing in the pit (on the modern bassoon) for a new opera called “Lady of the Night” and, on top of my studies, managed to get out to Montreal for a lesson.

The lady of the Night was an interesting experience to say the least. The opera included fifty students of one particular singing teacher in the area, who sung at the beginning of the performance, and, with the introduction of every new singer, I began to see (or rather, hear) the style of singing which she was teaching to her students. The music was particularly difficult to play and put together for the pit orchestra, but we pulled through by opening night. The orchestra was full of great people and I hope to play with them again soon!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Do you always take time to…

Well… I see that I’ve been away from all of it a little too long, again. Sorry!
I’ve recently been swamped with various performances and mid terms and such and I’ve been finding it quite hard to practice all of this things that I’ve wanted to in a 2.5-hour sit-down.
Because I’ve had a solo performance every two weeks for the past month and a half, I’ve spent much more time working on the pieces themselves rather than exercises and scales. Although I feel that this extra time on the music seemed to pay off come concert time, I do wish that I could spend more time on my exercises in a practice session.
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