I'm at the stage where, much as I'd like to play every note perfectly, I've mentally gone through the music and made certain changes which make little difference harmonically, but reduce my stress levels considerably. As well as playing the piano, I've got to keep an eye and at least one ear on my pupils. There is one piece where they have a tendency to either miss the tied note across the bar line, or in another passage, put a tied note where there isn't one. If either of those things happen, I'm improvising!dave brum wrote:Big brave girl, Fiona. Just thinking about accompanying makes my tummy turn through 90 degrees!
If you ever come across Gerald Moore's memoirs, its a great read - called Am I too Loud? Full of tales of accompanying the great and good and the not so great or not so good!
The church was cold, surprisingly for our local church, and my arthritic hands were not playing ball, but I didn't fluff too many of the notes and managed to cover when, as expected, my little darlings forgot to tie the notes over the bar and I had a three beat bar then a two beat bar times two to deal with.
I'm happy, the children were happy and the audience were happy. Now to brave the Gala concert tonight. Lots of 'please don't ask the Chair to say a few words' thoughts for me would be appreciated.
The old ABRSM Grade 1 Piano pieces from 2009 that was there yesterday morning had gone this morning.
As was the Autumn movement from The Seasons by Glazunov, referred to earlier on. Good old Concert Hall on Radio Wyvern!!
Doing the housework this morning with ELP Karn Evil 9, so very surprised in my inability to get the Shake and Vac ditty out of my head. But my conservatory smells like a lemon grove in Sicily.
Also the old theme music from ITN News at One/First Report.