A huge, huge thank you to those who fed back advice to my desperate post some ten days ago. Thanks to this I was able to honour my commitments of three heavy days and evenings at the Thurrock music festivals. We had over eight hundred children, aged 7-11 years, participating who had a wonderful experience that will remain with them for a lifetime.
Included in the programme was a newly commissioned song written by the Royal Opera House especially for our children, where the children sang alongside a professional baritone singer from ROH.
It had been my job to teach this challenging, complex, dramatic, nine minute song, to each individual school choir in the months prior to the festival and to lead them by conducting the combined choir at the concerts. Needless to say, it was extremely important to me ( and my boss) that I was able to see this commitment through to the end. Thanks to you I did!!!!!!!
My reward was witnessing the 'awe and wonder' of children, colleagues from TMS and ROH, the composers, professional singers, and indeed the audience, when witnessing the 'end' result during the performances. This once in a lifetime experience and the standards achieved was exceptionally remarkable and unique. The standing ovations each evening said it all, but even more far reaching is the sense of achievement felt and so richly deserved by the children, who tell me they now 'love' opera!
My sincerest thanks for all the advice that enabled me to do it!
Nothing in the diary now for the next week, so still following through the advice and resting, resting, resting.
Fondest regards. Marilyn X