Gillian Bailey-Graham (conductor) directed Forrest National Chamber Orchestra playing Sibelius, Vivaldi, Sarasate, Bach and Borodin at St Paul's, Manuka. The pic is FNCO in rehearsal, of course.
29 June 2022
Big days out don't end too soon. The dessert for this day was to sit in with Forrest National Chamber Orchestra at St Paul's, Manuka. It's a favourite venue with favourite company. I got the invitation a few weeks before and only managed two rehearsals on the two days before the gig. Amusingly, I responded to the invitation mentioning our NCO gig on the same day, but Gill had the answer: a concert at 6pm after one a 3pm. Possible if not too relaxed! Same for the Friday rehearsals, wedged together. But I read and listened to the works and hoped for the best. One main work was a Handel organ concerto. Amusingly or otherwise, at the Thursday rehearsal we learnt of the organist getting Covid and two replacement pieces, Sibelius and Bach. Brandenburg 3 no less, well known and scalar but quick. That with a hand-written baroque chart form Vivaldi that got a replacement on the night. All pretty topsy turvy but I was pleased by my playing and that of the group, especially the cellos who I work with as the sole bass. So, the dessert at the end of a big day worked well and I was ready for a beer when I got home that night. A memorable day!