|Happy 40th, SLO, pre-concert|
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Although the concert doesn't start until 2pm, we are all required to attend an early sound check and rehearsal. It is essentially the same programme as last week's concert at Mt Mee with Leslie and Greg and with the addition of internationally renowned guitarist, Karin Schaupp. Karin made her 'debut' with the Orchestra when she was 11 years old. One of the pieces she'll be playing is that same one, a Vivaldi concerto...that's one for the strings to accompany her. We woodwinds get to sit back and listen. Her other orchestral piece is Cavatina...one of Chas's favourites and one on his CD I play a lot. I will get through it, I convince myself.
Behind the scenes, post-rehearsal and pre-concert, there is a lot of dressing of the stage with celebratory balloons and decorations...it's our party after all. The concert is a sell-out and, for the first time in the many years we've been playing at Schonell, we'll actually have patrons sitting 'behind' us on stage...just like the choir stalls in the Concert Hall at QPAC, just like a 'proper' orchestra. Chas always reminded us to acknowledge all members of the audience, not just those out the front...and we turn each time to acknowledge those behind us.
|Cheers, at 6.12pm|
Home to catching up with work that has gone by-the-by over a rather packed weekend. But first to dinner...fish and chips for a change. Cheers.