When I booked tickets for this trip, I immediately contacted all of my friends in England. A few of those friends are members of the Whitstable Choral Society, with whom I sang for three concerts during the 2011-2012 season. When I told them I was coming, two of them had this crazy idea: maybe I could jump in at the last minute and sing in the July concert! Well, I did. And it was really fun!
This was not a glamorous solo gig. It wasn’t even a paying gig (something I’m increasingly interested in these days…), but it was REALLY fun. I knew the music on a very basic level, and had one rehearsal and then a dress rehearsal on the morning of the concert to get an idea of what the conductor was doing with tempi, etc. It was a thrill. A thrill to be singing this beautiful music after only 2 rehearsals, a thrill to be in one of the grandest spaces in the Western world, and a thrill to be with my friends who warmly invited me to sing with them.
Thank you, Carolynne, Pat, Sally, and David.
After the concert, we walked past the King’s School (founded by Henry VIII) to exit the precincts.
Walking through this beautiful, quiet place, the final words of the Puccini mass were strongly present in my mind: Dona nobis pacem.