My new year’s choral resolutions…

English: New Year fireworks at the London Eye

English: New Year fireworks at the London Eye (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Have a rehearsal pencil.

2. Use the rehearsal pencil to make appropriate score markings not create indecipherable squiggles/send notes to the person sat next to me.

3. Go a whole rehearsal without having to ask someone nearby where we’re going from because I wasn’t paying attention.

4. Do fewer impressions of the Muppet Show’s Swedish Chef by learning ALL the words to Beethoven 9. Ditto Mahler 2.

5. Read rehearsal schedules / concert notices. Write the correct times in my diary. Turn up at those times.

6. Sing something I think I’m not going to like.

7. Send a prayer of thanks to the audition gods who have kept me safe for another year.

8. Accept that I am a soprano and stop making faces at the high notes.

9. Appreciate all the amazing opportunities I get to work with wonderful orchestras, singers and conductors.

10. Sing as much as possible, for singing is the way to have a truly happy new year.

What are your resolutions?

The CBSO Chorus begins 2014 with a singalong Carmina Burana (9th February), followed by Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise (13th February) and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast (26th April).


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