We've been rehearsing the madrigals for two weeks, in two separate groups. Madrigals don't work with big choirs, so they split us in half to make it sound more like a chamber choir sound, though there were still probably too many of us.
It possibly could have gone better last night. For starters, despite being drilled by both Adrian and Colin (who had organised the madrigals in the first place) that vibrato was a big no-no, there was at least one budding soloist ruining the sound for the rest of us. Apparently the crowds below (we were singing from the balcony of Hall 3) enjoyed it, though.
The next bit was shambolic, to say the least, as they decided to change the running order at the last minute. There was supposed to be one speech and then our performance, so they shunted us all onto the stage (barely big enough for us to stand and hold our music; just as well the majority of us know Zadok 95% by heart...) and then we stood there for 25 minutes because they did three speeches before us.
This meant that our accompanist, Darren (who plays when Colin has to take over from Adrian as conductor in rehearsal), had to leave for a prior commitment because they delayed our performance, and Colin had to accompany and conduct at the same time. Naturally, half of us couldn't see him, so it's amazing it didn't sound like a complete shambles. Our start for the second part ("And all the people rejoiced") sounded a bit ropey, and the bases completely lost time during their run, and the ending was completely out.
Still, the punters didn't seem to mind. Free entertainment, as far as they're concerned.
By the time we got off stage, my knees had completely locked and my feet were killing me. We then had half an hour of rehearsal in Hall 9 of Gerontius and the Rossini, which was mostly pointless.
I was going to get the number 1 bus home, but none of their timetables seem to be consistent with each other. I'm sure the one in Moseley says it keeps running until about 11.00pm, but the ones of Broad Street say it stops running at 6.00pm. I did intend to check online beforehand (I figure that's probably the most up-to-date information) but forgot. Tell me, what IS the point of a bus service that stops running at 6.00pm? The 258 is the same. Utterly rubbish. Anyway, I ended up having to walk all the way across town and didn't get back until 9.00pm as it was, even though we were only rehearsing until 8.00.
Ah, well. Now we can concentrate on the Elgar and Rossini pieces instead. What we did last night didn't seem TOO hard, but time will tell... At the moment it's just a relief to be able to sing again after having to sit it out for two weeks.
In other news, the rest of February is looking to be quite busy...
14th - Valentine's Day. Unfortunately it's on a Saturday, so I imagine most places will be rammed, but we've booked a table (just about) at La Fibule in Moseley, which is apparently Moroccan. Our initial plan was Ponte di Legno (Italian place on Woodbridge Road) but they weren't answering their phone, and Byzantium (Tapas restaurant in Kings Heath) were fully booked. Our seating at La Fibule isn't until 9.30pm, but at least it's booked.
21st - David's birthday. We're going to my mum's on the 20th to stay overnight and they'll cook us a meal.
W/C 23rd - using up my annual leave, though I still have to us up a half-day somewhere.
27th - going down to London in readiness for...
28th - seeing Sunset Boulevard with Eni for her birthday. YAY! I've read one review, which had no complaints about the performances, just that the set seemed very minimalist... I shan't pass judgement until I've seen it, but the minimalist set worked brilliantly for Sweeney Todd when we saw that... I don't know if it'll work with something like SB because it's very extravagant, but having said that, the UK tour only had 2-3 sets anyway, even if the staircase was elaborate. It should be interesting, at the very least. And, well, it's Sunset Boulevard in the West End so that's quite good enough for me. (David Willetts is playing Max, also, so that should be cool. :D)
And then I think March is chock-full of birthdays. And April is our anniversary, and a week of leave for me. :D
I think that's enough for one entry, especially as I have an X-Post to do. :)