December 5, 2013
I am at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music for the first of two performances of Handel‘s Messiah – hoping that this will go as smoothly as the dress rehearsal last night did and hoping that we can generate that feeling of wonder, joy and awe that we feel when singing this wonderful piece to those who will be in the audience tonight. Sure hope my son makes it downtown tonight!
I won’t be updating this blog much after I sign off here so lets get some of the good stuff onto the page right now. Tonight we will go on stage in this world class concert hall with this world class orchestra and chorus, if I do say so myself. I think the house will be quite full – he said hopefully – but it doesn’t really matter because the music and the act of singing regardless of how many are in the audience.
Tomorrow I come back into the hall a little early because I am involved in another production at the Winspear this weekend. I am also doing a cameo appearance with Cantilon choirs as St Nicolas for their production on Sunday afternoon, which means a dress rehearsal on Saturday afternoon followed by another Messiah appearance on Saturday night.
At our performance tomorrow we will host our ESO colleagues to a “groaning board” defined from the sound a board makes when it has too much of a load on it – in this case Food – our nickname is the “Richard Eating Singers” after all!