Who doesn’t love Freddie Mercury and the uber famous song Bohemian Rhapsody. It reminds me when I first saw Wayne’s World when Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey head bashed to the tune, typical 80’s style, as they drove along in their beater car.
So when Sally, our choir director, asked me to sing a solo part during our choir performance, I couldn’t say no. In fact I was super excited to accomplish another 40 before 40 item off my list!
Both concert’s went exceptionally well.
The first concert was at the Salle Polyvalente in Capestang on May 26th at 19:00. We were welcomed by nearly 500 people as we took our places on stage to perform our solos and then our feature piece Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
The next evening we went to L’Abbatiale in Saint Chinian and another full house. When we arrived the local seniors were in the middle of a bingo game and were not in any hurry to leave. We booked the hall for 17:30 to have time to set up the percussion instruments and the portable piano for Sue. They were told they had it until 19:00. Double booked, they were kind enough to leave. We managed to get in by 18:00 and we all worked together to get the seats and instruments set up in the nick of time. The crowds slowly started to roll in and eventually people stood along the wall to see the concert.
The second concert for me felt amazing. The acoustics while we sang carried back to us and we could hear our own voices. It was so different than the other concert, I left feeling energized.
Eighteen months since joining the choir, this was our most difficult work yet. Sue, our pianist, managed to rewrite the two piano parts for Carmina Burana into one after we couldn’t find a second pianist. Between her and Sally’s instructions they took us to a new level of excellence. I am proud to be a member of the Capestang International Choir.
We had a number of soloists singing for the first time during the concerts. I felt so proud of everyone’s progress. Sally is a fabulous teacher.
The big question is how in the world will we top this?