In the past couple of days my brothers and I have been practising with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra for this Christmas Carols concert at the Town Hall on Friday night. On Thursday night we went to the Town Hall for a rehearsal. We saw ...I can't remember her name but she plays the cello and she is the daughter of Mr Padoen (sorry I probably spelt his name wrong!), Rangeview Intermediate School's computer teacher. I used to go to intermediate school with her. She was playing in the orchestra as well, but I don't think she recognised me! We went through the programme, which included the traditional carols, solos from the South Auckland gospel choirs, and two Blue Grass singers.
It's really hot up there on the stage. Hamish and I sat next to each other in the viola section. We were right in the back, which meant we were right in front of the drums! I noticed a few of the viola players wore ear plugs. Fortunately we could still hear after rehearsal.
Last night (Friday) was the real concert. Because the previous night we couldn't get a carpark underground (which we had a free ticket for), we decided to leave earlier for the concert this time, and this time we managed to get a carpark! We were there for the concert just in time, although we had to wait a little while to get on stage.
Once we were though, it was all go! The Town Hall was packed, with all three levels filled. The real night of the concert is always a lot more fun than rehearsals, as they go by a lot faster, and everyone really gets into it! Plus you know you won't have to repeat it again!
The orchestra did stuff up a little in Jingle Bells, as half the orchestra didn't know where to go back to for the repeat, as Santa Claus was conducting, but apart from that the night went well! The choirs sounded great as usual!