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Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:50 am
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Monday: A four-hour-long meeting that basically ate the entire rest of my day. Oof. It was good, it was just... long and tiring.

Tuesday: My Evening Canticles were sung at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Parliament, by ULCC Choir (in which I sing tenor, unless I'm singing alto). This was very nifty. I couldn't hang about afterward but I am told that the chaplain (one Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who I believe [personal profile] liv encountered recently) was pleased, and that one person in the congregation asked if they could have Evensong every day. That latter strikes me as a bit odd as Westminster Abbey does, in fact, have Evensong most days. And it was good to see Nicholas O'Neill again, and I met a former member of the choir who is interested in hearing more of my work.

I then went and caught a train to Aberdeen. I think I like the concept of the Caledonian Sleeper more than the reality; and that is mostly because, well, I don't get a lot of sleep on it. I have been contemplating alternate names, like the Caledonian Lie-er Awake All Night, or the Caledonian Tosser; obviously these would be unsuitable for promotional purposes. But I think I am gradually settling on the Caledonian Dozer, as that was what happened last night; I dozed for a few hours, then gave up on trying to lie down and read a book for a while, and then dozed a bit again before the 6.30am breakfast call.

Tomorrow I have a supervision, a tutorial with Michael Zaugg, and there is a concert by Juice vocal ensemble in the evening. So I am attempting to take today gently; I'll mooch around town a bit longer, then when I'm allowed to check-in to where I'm staying I'll do that, hang up clothes so the wrinkles come out (they'll have been stuffed in a bag for 24h by then), have a nap, and then figure out whether there is a concert I'm suppposed to attend tonight as well.

Internet here is rather bitty, so I may end up posting this later.

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Feb. 24th, 2017 10:07 pm
artsyhonker: a girl with glasses and purple shoulder-length hair (Default)
Went to a lunchtime concert, to hear new music by a colleague, and a Beethoven piano trio.

I liked the new music, but having heard it only once I can't write much about it.

The Beethoven was Op. 1 No. 3 in C minor, which I thought I didn't know but which was somewhat familiar. The pianist was seriously struggling with some of the scale passages, I felt bad for him and wondered if he had an injury, or just misjudged his practice. The piano in that space isn't amazing anyway. There were some flat entries by the violin. The 'cello was good. Overall, a spirited performance, but there were definitely bits where the three players were making something greater than the sum of its parts, and bits where they were playing the notes in order to get through that bit.

Went for a walk. Definitely getting lurgy. Walked further than I should have, but I think staring at the sea did me some good, mentally. Trying not to beat myself up about the "lost" time. Sometimes creative work requires staring at the sea.

Did #choralhour on Twitter. Found out my Magnificat might be sung by a choir in Edinburgh in April. Made contact with an Anglican choir in Berlin.

May have found a text for the Juice piece; someone suggested I set The New Colossus. This is appropriate, and topical, and I could also use it for the Choirs Against Racism project.

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