Kerri is one of the new members in the CGC Alto section. Here, she tells the story of her first CGC concert!
March 24th 2019 – Concert day!
It was the thought of singing in the Mozart Requiem that helped me overcome my initial trepidations and venture along to CGC’s open rehearsals back in January. Now, one audition, several Tuesday night rehearsals, and a serious amount of neighbourly tolerance later, here we were.
Arriving for the rehearsal, my nerves settled as we found our places and listened to the orchestra rehearse Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture – I had never performed with a professional orchestra before and it was clear that we were in very safe, very musical hands.
Next up, our turn with the Bruckner Te Deum. I love Bruckner’s rich textures and modulations, but was grateful for a straightforward unison C major entry to get us going. The sopranos managed well with the unenviable task of sustaining fortissimo high As while leaving something in the tank for the concert. Adding the orchestra transformed the sound into a new array of colours, and with four talented young soloists added to the mix, it seemed that everything had come together.
After doing a recording for some promotional videos, there was time for a bit of a break and a mass outing to Tinderbox. A now highly caffeine-charged alto section was dressed in their fetching (ahem) purple blouses and raring to go!
We took our places and watched as the last of the audience filed in. It was amazing to see such a crowd and know that the choir’s hard work to advertise the concert had paid off. Not only that, but we could see some of the Glasgow school pupils who’d been invited to attend – for many, their first ever live classical concert! It was all the more reason to try to make the performance as special as possible…
The first half passed so quickly! The Bruckner went really well – I was so pleased for everyone that all the hard work had paid off. Then, for my highlight: the Mozart Requiem. After some beautiful bassoon-playing in the opening, the rest of the piece passed in steady concentration, trying to apply everything from the rehearsals: diction (“Hu – ic – errr – go – parrr – ce, De – us”), dynamics, semiquaver runs – while at the same time reminding myself to soak up the experience.
All too soon, the final chord resounded and it was great to get such a positive reaction from the audience: from their applause, it sounded as though they had enjoyed the performance as much as I did. The evening had set a very high benchmark for future CGC concerts!
Looking ahead though, the next concert in June features the Duruflé Requiem – one of my favourite pieces written in the last 100 years – so looking forward to that already…