After a worrying few weeks with no gigs to speak of, I now suddenly find myself with at least one engagement each week until December’s trip to Lanzarote (very exciting!!!).
Last Sunday I was in Leeds with the Leeds Philharmonic chorus, under the direction of Darius Battiwalla. The only piece I was in was Hierusalem by George Dyson. I’d never heard of it until I was asked to play it. The parts are all very challenging considering it’s less than twenty minutes long. Maybe that’s why it’s so seldom performed. A couple of chaps in the first violins were kind enough to carry my harp on and off the stage for me so a big thank you to them.
Tomorrow will be a very interesting day. I am playing in Central Manchester. Now, I’m not worried that the entire concert will be sight-reading, nor that there is relatively little rehearsal time. But it’s Manchester City Centre. I know this area very well and parking to unload is going to be… tricky. If I come away with no parking ticket I’ll be satisfied. How I wish sometimes that I could just walk to a venue – or take public transport, it’s often a lot easier than finding somewhere to park my enormous (but loveable) car.
So yes, lots coming up. I’ll be having my first lesson in a while to help prepare for an upcoming audition (watch this space). The next few weeks take me to Sheffield, Rochdale, Escrick, Bolton, Doncaster, Torquay and back to Manchester. Phew!