Friday, March 19, 2004

Muir Mathieson Memorial Competition

Well, that was it: what I've been working towards all term. There were seven of us playing this evening: a flautist, a cellist, a bassoonist, a percussionist, a clarinettist, a violinist and myself. The standard was extraordinarily high: it was undoubtedly one of the highest quality concerts I've played in, if not the highest.

I played the Adagio und Allegro again, and unfortunately it didn't go very well. In fact, it was the worst I'd played it in weeks. I missed the top C in the Adagio; my tripletty bits were a mess; and at the end, my mouth went completely dry, and I couldn't get the right notes out at all.


Anyway, the runner-up was R., my friend the clarinettist (she played really stylishly) and the overall winner was S., who played the marimba amazingly. I was very impressed.

I'm glad I entered. It was definitely worth it, because not only has it really motivated my to practise a lot this term - I'm now playing as well as I've ever been, if not better - but it means that I've got a pretty convincing piece worked up ready for the school Open Day concert next term.

Anyway, it's in the past now. This week I'm going to be doing a lot of practise on my part for Bye Bye Birdie.

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