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Motherhood

Motherhood is proving pleasurable but very time consuming.  Things are slow on the teaching and performing but watch this space and when I get time I will be putting on a singers session and teaching again.

Also I am looking forward to hearing my choir sing my arrangements in December.

Singers Session

Title: Singers Session
Location: Dog Pool Hotel (formerly Hibernian)
Link out: Click here
Description: If you secretly want to sing in public but are terrified……
If you are an experienced singer who wants to try out new material.
If you you want to get a reaction to a new idea…
Come along to this open mic session.

Bring lyrics and charts, a backing track or a guitar chords, or better still someone to accompany you. I will provide a mic, amp keyboard, cd player and a cable where you can plug in your i-pod/mp3 player. If the chords are simple I can try to accompany you (although my playing is not the best).

£1 on the doorfor audience members. Performers free.

Turn up early if you want to be sure of a chance to sing.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2009-07-12
End Time: 19:00

Singing Session

Title: Singing Session
Location: Dog Pool Hotel (formerly Hibernian) Back Room/Venue
Link out: Click here
Description: If you secretly want to sing in public but are terrified……
If you are an experienced singer who wants to try out new material.
If you you want to get a reaction to a new idea…
Come along to this open mic session.

Bring lyrics and charts, a backing track or a guitar, or better still someone to accompany you. I will provide a mic, amp keyboard, cd player and a cable where you can plug in your i-pod/mp3 player. If the chords are simple I can try to accompany you (although my playing is not the best).

£2 on the door although if turn out is good enough I will refund performer\’s payments.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2009-06-14
End Time: 19:00

Sharing session for singers

I have an idea in the fruition of putting on monthly sessions where singers can come along and sing a song for each other.  I will be finding a venue soon but at the moment I want it to be in a room in a pub or somewhere minors can attend.  I think ideally it would be a church but the best time to do it is Sunday 4 – 6 or 5 – 7 so a church is out. I’m thinking of doing it on 14 June but nothing is set in stone yet.

I like the idea that people can turn up with simple guitar chords or a backing track and get to perform.  I know it would be good for lots of my students so I am sure there are other folks out there that would benefit from it too.

Let me know if you have any ideas of where to do it.

A Well Deserved Break

It’s been a crazy few weeks.  Working 18 days without a break, student concert, choir competition, the BVA Fundamentals 10 week course and a lovely lot of new private students.

The more I think on the concert the more proud I am.  The videos are great and everyone did themselves proud.  A very kind man has seperated each performance and also recorded them so there are sound recordings.  If you want a copy of your performance then either give me a DVD or bring a memory stick with a load of space to your lesson so I can give you a copy.

The BVA course was fantastic although travelling to London each Sunday for nearly 3 months was a killer.  I went to the course thinking that I knew a fair bit but now all I am aware of is how much I don’t know.  That said it is great to know how I know so much more than a year ago.  It is wonderfully empowering learning how little you know and knowing that you actually know so much.

The BBS Close Harmony Choir were awesome at Music for Youth.  In the words of Mrs Ruston they went to a whole new level.  I don’t care if we get through the competition, I just know that their performance was amazing.  For a choir that has been going since September and has had on average 40 mins practice about 20 times if not less.

Now I am in a position to relax and concentrate on my ALCM in teaching on 15th and the gig I’m doing with Gav at Heartlands on 14th.   Really pleased that Sophie is able to come with me to my exam to be my student for my “live leson” and that I am able to thank her getting her a special stage seat, next to the performers, at Spring Awakening.

The morning after the weekend before

The weekend is finally over.  It feels like I’ve not stopped.

Do you have anything you’d like to say about the concert?  Is there someone you want to compliment?  Was there something you thought worked really well or perhaps something you thought I should do differently next time.  I know what I think but please let me know.

I would love to hear your comments.

(So proud of all of the performers!)

Rebecca

The Night Before the Morning After

It’s the night before the concert and I feel a bit like nothing more can go wrong. Still I dare not allow myself to think that as, obviously there is loads that could go wrong.

Went to the theatre yesterday, to have a look around and my first instinct was how gorgeous the venue is.  It’s lovely, lovely, lovely.  Still there were a couple of problems.  Between myself and the lovely, (popular word today), Jonathan we couldn’t work out how to turn on stage lights or find any jack inputs on the stage.  Lots of jack inputs in the sound booth but that’s not much use for plugging in the keyboard, could stick the keyboard player in the booth at the back but that’s not great for on-stage communication.

So left in a tizzy about that but have someone coming in to help tomorrow.  I hope it’s a language barrier that explains why he hasn’t heard of a jack input or a DI box and not that he has no idea what he’s doing.

My choir were a bit evil today.  Sure I was being stressed and playing the song at double the speed it’s meant to be but still they should be able to cope without breathing!  I tried to explain that I was stressed but they didn’t seem to think that counted as a good reason.

So tomorrow still lots to do, got to buy raffle prizes, pack the car, get back up copies for all the music that is being sung, bla bla, could go on forever but won’t.  Trying to stop my brain making lists and just look forward to it. Particularly looking forward to handing over my phone to Matt to field all calls, like I am a proper important person, and seeing some special Brighton people.

(Really don’t believe anyone will read this so can write anything I like.  Better not though.)

Fingers crossed that Peter the technie knows what he’s doing; the students all know their words; the lights go on on stage; we have enough seats; I don’t lose my rag with someone asking stupid questions; Amy doesn’t vomit all over the stage; Katya goes on at all, Katya doesn’t decide she likes the teenagers so much she wants to move to Shropshire; we make enough money to break even on costs; I can get my baby bump into my dress; I don’t cry too much during the concert.  The list goes on and on and ariston, (and I was trying to avoid making lists), and I can’t even cross my fingers till I stop the typing.

So I’d better sign off my first proper blog and cross my fingers for tomorrow.  See you tomorrow, I’ll be the person who is either hinding in the toilet saying “I’m not here, leave me alone” or shouting in the middle of the stage telling people what to do.

First Posting!

Hello!

I welcome myself to the world or bloggers and thus have to find something to write about.

Well at the moment I have to get my choir ready for Music for Youth with very few practices left and the concert on 7 March.  The concert!  Argh.  Need a PA, need a personal assistant too, need a new brain and anything else anyone may feel like offering.  Baby is eating my brains womb first.