I feel pressurized to write a post about this weekend now, yet I don’t really have much to say. I’ll make things brief.
The Carnival of the Animals is now over. I feel so sad! It’s gone by so quickly – this was us rehearsing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall a week ago:
The strings with our conductor Tim Redmond.
And here we were today. Some of the Carnival walking around in the freezing London sunshine:
Nothing was more adorable than seeing little toddlers responding to the music we were playing:
- My Mum told me during the ‘Birds’ movement that some were imitating the actors, pretending to be the birds.
- We mingled with the audience; one bright-eyed little boy (three or four years old?) came up to me by the piano and asked me how much I practised each day. My response was so uninspiring – I feel like a fool.
- THE KIDS ARE JUST SO CUTE!
This was everyone who was involved in this amazing event! (Not my photo!) Roughly actors/conductor on the right and the NYO members on the left. The cosmic lighting makes us glow abnormally but the overall feel from the lighting was very effective – blue /red beams around the pianos made it atmospheric and pretty.
Within the next few days, I’m sure I’ll some videos will emerge. My Mum recorded quite a bit but the video upload process is so strenuous I’ll wait for other people to share theirs. She even recorded the warm-up this morning, where I look ridiculously enthusiastic compared to everyone else shaking their ligaments. What is it with me looking so serious and keen?
During our third and final show, I was almost asleep. I also realised I was rather hungry. After saying our goodbyes, we went for dinner.
I returned back to the hotel and went swimming. I swam 4 lengths and spent 20 minutes in the sauna – great exercise.
Now I am eating a pomelo.
Happy half term everybody. Tomorrow I’m flying to Atlanta! Back to school studying. 😦