earlier Today, on the 10th of December, the Winter Gala concert took place. I performed in two of the items, once accompanying on piano for the string ensemble for ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and once accompanying on the marimba for the song ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ by Gotye. The whole night was an exhilarating experience for me as all the practice everyone involved had put in had finally come to fruition in front of a full house.
I had been preparing for this concert for two months, and made a previous post about my goals for the event on this blog. Taking part in this concert was a significant experience for me as, as it gave me the opportunity to play new instruments, such as the marimba, and play as an ensemble with other musicians, something I had never done before.
At the beginning of practice, one of my main weaknesses was staying in time with the other musicians and focusing on the pice as a whole, instead of just my part in it.After many hours of practice, I was confident about both performances going in and felt that I kept in time throughout. This is due in part to the support of my music teacher, Miss Duncan, who organized the whole evening and performed with me on both my pieces.
For this reason, I feel like I have grown as a musician due to this event as it allowed me to develop skills such as staying in tempo and playing as part of an ensemble and gave me invaluable experiences in performing on stage.
One aspect of the show that I really enjoyed was getting ready for my performances backstage, where all the other performers were really encouraging and helpful for my nerves. this is definitely an experience I came out of with new friends and closer relationships.
At the end of the night I was invigorated by the high of performing, as well as by the memories of all the hard work I put in along with all the other participants, for the last two months.