Thursday, 21 July 2011

1 down, 2 to go...

This time I'm not talking about exams!

No, I am now checking off the 3 amazing weeks of music I have already had, and have to look forward to.

The first week started for me with Gwent's Annual Summer Showcase in St. David's Hall, Cardiff. I always love this day, because I get to experience and listen to so many parts of the music service I've never heard before.
And I can't complain, what with Gwent being recognised as the best music service in the UK!

And then from the Tuesday to Saturday, I was in Birmingham for the Music For Youth's National Festival. This was the first time I had actually been in more than one thing at this festival, and I'm so glad I stayed up for the week to experience everything.
On the Tuesday I was in two choirs: Greater Gwent Youth Choir and Bassaleg School Senior Choir. It was a great day altogether, and even better for school choir because we won an award!

I'm the one in the middle with the glasses and necklaces!
Greater Gwent Youth Choir
There is also this video of GGYC performing Gloria - Vivaldi

Wednesday was next, I was in Bottom Heavy this day. Now you're probably wondering what bottom heavy is? Well, it is another Gwent ensemble consisting of just cellos and double basses (and two guitars!). I am one of said guitarists, and I have to say I love performing with this group.

Bottom Heavy
I'm the one on the left

Overall Gwent received 11 out of a possible 15 awards, which gives us a good chance of performing in the School's Proms in the Albert Hall in November.

I've still got two more exciting weeks of music to look forward to. One begins this Saturday for the National Youth Choir of Wales, and the second is in August when Gwent go to Leipzig with choir and orchestra.

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