I’m currently experiencing that slightly odd after-concert time. The days when you don’t quite know what to do with your spare time because you’d spent so much of it trying to learn the music, and when it’s a novelty to have to decide what to listen to on your music player of choice, because you’ve spent so many months listening to the concert pieces on repeat. The nights when the songs are still going round your head at silly o’clock, even though you don’t really need them to be in your head anymore.
Thankfully, there are also memories of a concert that went very well, on the whole, and was a great experience. There were a few dodgy moments, but nothing too major in the scheme of things. My mum came to stay for a couple of days, so she could come to the concert. I don’t think she’s been to see me in a concert for about 15 years, and it was really nice to have her there. She said she enjoyed it a lot and didn’t hear any mistakes (she knows the pieces quite well as she has sung them before) – but then she is my mum, so perhaps she would say that! The Armed Man went better than expected, and the Requiem slightly less well than it went the other week.
It was exhausting, particularly as we had almost a whole day of rehearsal beforehand – I felt like I’d run a marathon the next day (not that I’ve ever run a marathon)! I don’t know how people can possibly have the energy to dance and/or act and sing at the same time!
However, my overriding thought about the concert is what a joy and privilege it is to sing in a choir. We sang in the cathedral on Saturday, which is an amazing place to sing in, in terms of the acoustics and otherwise, but it doesn’t matter about the setting: It’s the singing, the physical act of the production of sound, the harmonies, the blending, the listening, the sense of one-ness, the moments when it all fits together and something beautiful and unique is created – those things (and more that I can’t adequately describe) are what make singing in a choir such a joy, and so – quite literally on occasion – awesome.