My First Performance with the Chorus

Last week, I had the pleasure of parttaking in my first performance with the new synphony chorus. I thought I would write about my experience here.

This was a very short performance as part of a broader programme. It was from Handel’s Messiah and quite short, so quite easy for a first run.

We arrived at what they call the stage entrance, which is not for public access. It’s like a whole separate building from the hall itself. As I’d never been there, I had to do some . This involved asking anotherchoir member to meet me at the main entrance of the hall, before walking with that person to the stage door. Since I did not have my dog with me, I needed that extra assistance.

Once there, it was time o warm up our voices ready. First it was explained about the layout of the stage and how we would enter and leave the stage. Then we sung our piece through.

I was shocked at how awful it sounded. It was extremely loud to my ears. It apparently is normal. We were given instructions on sections that needed slight modification while on stage. My brain was in overload which added to my nerves.

Then there was wait for the call to enter stage. Then it was time to sing my heart out. Not exactly though. Because you cant just go for it. As a choirister, I’m part of a team. I’m there to express the music, with all the varying dymanics etc, with the tempo changes etc. I listen arefully to each note around me and the breathing to make my entrances spot on. I listen for the subtle tempo changes that the conductor might give.

As the piece draws to a close, the excitement builds as I realize that I have just completed my first performance doing something I love. And as I sung the last cadence, I was left with a feeling of exhausttion, but also felt my crying for joy. I was left on a high as I left the stage.

Our next performance is in 2 weeks and marks the first time I sing with the synphony behind us! I’m sure it will be yet another chance to learn and experience the joy that is music.