So, as you all know, I am now at university. The whole thought of this still freaks me out a bit, and I cannot believe that I am actually old enough to be here! But, anyway, I wanted to write a little bit on doing musical things here.
Firstly, I am not a music student, I play music for leisure not for work. However, this does not mean that I don’t enjoy it, and I was very excited to not only get into the Symphony Orchestra but also the Chamber Orchestra. Even more excitingly, I made it into the first violins in Chamber, and this is the ensemble I am to focus on in this post.
Anyway, over the weekend we had an intensive rehearsal schedule to prepare for the upcoming Chamber Orchestra concert. It was 13 hours across three days, and after it was all finished, my back was very unhappy! Despite this, it was actually a really fun weekend and I enjoyed playing so much. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy playing in the orchestras back at home, but something about Chamber Orchestra made me enjoy it more. Maybe it was being in first violins or because the music was particularly good (and I can play it) or because I was playing alongside some amazing people who do music as a degree. I definitely recommended getting involved in orchestras at university – I didn’t believe I would get in but I did and really love playing each week in Symphony and intensively in Chamber.
I will finish this post with a BIG plug for the Chamber Orchestra concert on Wednesday (tomorrow!) – it’s at 7:30 in the Boiler House Auditorium and free for students at Royal Holloway. See you all there (although I understand that most of my readership are probably not students or in the area)! Oh, and my back is recovering slowly from all that playing!