This evening, my quartet played background music for a Scottish Retail Consortium, which was held on the top floor of John Lewis department store.
We took this opportunity to run through the Opus 18 No. 2 Quartet before our trip to Manchester for the Chamber Music Festival this weekend. It is so nearly ready; everything is flowing, intonation is settling…all is well. The noise made by all the individual conversations in the room (a greyish cafeteria place) was startling! We could hardly hear ourselves play; in our effort to play louder, the conversation levels also rose to compete with us. The difficult setting was a good challenge and I think by playing louder than normal, I developed my confidence. Still have a few tricky corners to sort out – semi quavers, why you so scratchy?
After our slot, we ate canapés and drank orange juice. There were a lot of chocolates. I ate more than one of each kind. We also got a few photographs taken; the photographer told us to pose as if in conversation, how awkward and hilarious.
An accordionist came to play as well!
We received goody bags – hooray – which contained a tin of Amaretti biscuits, a box of candles and a small packet of Scottish tablet. Happy days.
I doubt anyone heard our music, but oh well! Canapés, goody bags and more confidence – it was still a worthy event.
Manchester in 2 days, yay! G’night.