The end of the November NaBloPoMo 30 day challenge coincides with the day after my solo singing appearance yesterday evening. And I performed alongside this talented little 9 year old Robbie Firmin. In the video above, he’s 7, auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent. And I hear that he’s through this year to the second auditions of BGT, so if you live in the UK you’ll be seeing him again on television very shortly. Last night he sung a complicated arrangement of Nella Fantasia! I’ve sung this and it’s already complicated by lots of key and tempo changes! A favourite version is by the classical singing quartet Il Divo. I also performed with E, who sang the Corpus Christi Carol and who has just been accepted into the Purcell School. Alumni include 2002-04 Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales and Classical Brit Awards nominee Catrin Finch.
As for my own performance, if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know I’ve been struggling to get to grips with performance nerves and had been doing a (personal) daily diary writing specifically about this. Since the rehearsal for the concert last Thursday evening, I’ve been reading various articles on the Internet addressing the subject and this last minute assault on the problem helped a lot. I was to embrace the feelings, both physical and emotional, not try to ignore or get rid of them (you can’t get rid of them!) and I also read up on the neuroscience of stage fright – essentially an activation of the fight or flight mechanism that occurs in situations of real danger. I did embrace the feelings, the thoughts that ran through my head and the physical symptoms. Facing up to these things is supposed to enable you to gain control of them and to use them to your advantage. And it works! Particularly effective was, when I was getting physical symptoms, to acknowledge them. These included palpitations, a rapid heart beat, feelings of a burning chest, the idea that cockroach-like insects were running around on the inside of my chest (!) and extreme discomfort in the area of my solar plexus. When I set out on my song, I sang the first couple of notes flat (caused by nerves). I got really angry with myself and insisted in my head that allowing fear to wreck my performance wasn’t going to happen! And I believe I did sing quite well.
I learnt a lot from this performance about what to do and what not to do next time. It can only get better next time, which is in the spring. And the support I got from the audience was phenomenal. (I actually addressed them in advance of singing with a bit of information about the song and did look at them during the performance a few times – to see smiles of support)! And my accompanist was a wall that was there, after all – a very solid and supportive wall!
I can’t thank enough Christine Hubbard of Hubbard International, first of all, for bothering with me and nurturing my singing – as you see, her young students go on to great heights in the musical world – and for organising this concert – a lot of hard work!
What a nice way to end my 30 day NaBloPoMo challenge. I won’t do another, as it takes too much time and I had to sacrifice other activities. Not only that, I don’t think I’m all that interesting that people would want to read a blog from me every day! Thank you, those who have been reading it! I cannot tell you what that means to me. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sorting out what I’ve gained and can use from all I’ve written.
It’s back to ordinary life today and I’ve got to go out now and sweep leaves.
Enjoy the video!
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