We’ve just returned from rehearsals at the Royal Albert Hall this afternoon! Yay, London. First, some blethering about our second concert. I have some nice photos which I took during our free time but my memory card and adapter are being absolutely uncooperative! I cannot display them on here now.
Last night’s concert in Aldeburgh was wonderful – then again, there was a woman who collapsed in the middle of the concert… I didn’t see her collapse, but I saw the NYO Support Team getting up and rushing around. I hope she is okay.
Oh, it smells of… country!
The concert hall is noticeably smaller than Birmingham Symphony Hall. I liked the interiors and exteriors of the whole Snape Maltings: red brickwork, modernised: a typical ‘hipster’ place, I overheard someone saying. The stage didn’t have any risers, levels upon which the wind, brass and percussion usually sit that elevate them so that they can see the conductor. Everyone who was playing behind me i.e. percussion, wind/brass sounded exceedingly bright! There was a brick wall behind them which made the volume grow by 90% (great mathematical estimation from me). Then again, NYO-GB is a very, very big orchestra.
We received an incredible standing ovation from the audience! The almost fully seated (yet comparatively small) audience space were a lot more considerate than what we had in Birmingham. People left in the second half during our performance of Turangalila! Note to future participants/concert-goers: please don’t leave in the middle of the concert – the performers aren’t blind – we can see you – we are affected by it.
Snape Maltings audience were super nice.
It was also a very beautiful day!
Unfortunately, once the concert ended we had to load the coaches for another long journey to our next accommodation. We had already been through a 5-hour coach journey to Aldeburgh that morning (the morning after our Birmingham concert)! So it was probably about 11pm before we left.
I kept myself amused. Did some scribble drawing:
Did another interesting drawing…
We arrived at our accommodation in outer London at around 02:00am this morning. There was a fuss over rooms and keys and things. I had a shower. Slept at 03:30am.
Prom, Prom, Prom!
In the Royal Albert Hall, a lot of detail which I previously could not hear in the music is now very clear. I feel quite alone when I play. It echoes quite a bit and there were TV cameras hovering around as well!
Tomorrow night, broadcast live in BBC Radio 3, NYO Prom with Vasily Petrenko.