After months of intense rehearsal (and fun) we finally made it onto the stage at the Royal Albert Hall last night for the fabulous Festival Of Brass and Voices in aid of Cancer Research UK. To sing in such an iconic building was such a privilege and I had to pinch myself a couple of times to check it was really happening. Here we are at our hip and trendy Clayton Hotel in Chiswick, all set for the performance.
Earlier in the day we had queued in the rain to get into rehearsals.
After what seemed like hours, we finally got in and ran through the whole programme until William Relton (in his signature red braces) was happy with us.
Then it was performance time!
The concert was amazing. The hair on the back of my neck stood up as soon as we sang the first few notes of With A Voice of Singing and then continued to do so, as we enjoyed many wonderful pieces from the bands and choirs. I particularly loved the Grand March from Aida (the odd forgotten word notwithstanding) when I really felt the full impact of such a huge number of voices singing en masse.
Socially, we had a great time getting to know one another and no doubt making friends for life.
Would I do it all again? Ask me next week when I’ve recovered!