Monday, April 22, 2013

Concert Hall

It was everything I ever thought it would be, and so much more...
I took this picture as I went in; so amused at going in the stage door!!

We had an hour of rehearsal and sound checks, then a break before the concert started. We were opening the second half of the concert, so were free to do as we pleased until a little before that. We went for a bite to eat, then a fellow Horn player and myself got "usher" seats at the back for the first half. It was so good, and we sang so much that I almost forgot we would soon be playing! All of the songs were Golden Oldies (Abba, Elvis, Diana Ross, and songs like New York New York). We sang, danced, applauded.
                      (at the end of rehearsal, just to prove to myself that it really did happen!)
And then, before I knew it, we were doing our tuning out back! I really had to contain my excitement and boy could I feel the adrenaline rush. I have been backstage in that hall several times as a band helper when my kids were playing, and each time I've wished I could also be playing on that stage.

I don't have the words to describe how it felt to walk onto the stage. It was amazing!
Bright lights, and seeing a packed concert hall, eagerly anticipating our music is very powerful. Knowing that my entire family were in the audience, and several friends too, meant so much to me. I wasn't nervous, just wanted to give a good performance.
                                            (Hubby was nearly thrown out for taking this!)
We got a great reception! The pieces we played were all well-known, including Riverdance, The Sunday Game(that's an Irish one!), Radetsky March.
Then the orchestra and choir joined us on stage for a grand finale of Hey Jude. I swear, I thought I would burst with emotion!
 It's such a beautiful venue to play in, and to have a lively, appreciative audience was amazing. I will never forget this night; dreams really do come true sometimes!


  1. What a brilliant day - well done you!

  2. Sounds absolutely marvelous! Wish I could have been there! :)

  3. So glad your dream did come true!!!!

  4. Well done you! That must have been fantastic! And the ending piece is one of my favorites. I'd have been swaying and singing with you all!

  5. Mimi you can 'hear' the excitement in your words!
    I'm so happy for you.
    Congrats to the award as well!

    I was also very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

  6. Wow!

    And thanks for your advice on my blog.

  7. Good Morning Mimi, Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and becoming my newest follower. It was so very kind of you and such a lovely surprise.
    My word, so it is true "dreams can come true". What a wonderful evening and I can only imagine the excitement you felt.....and I read in a previous post that you won an award....congratulations.
    It is lovely to meet you and I look forward to reading future posts.
    Best Wishes

  8. Congratulations Mimi! Sounds like it was a successful event and you certainly enjoyed yourself, which is the most important thing.

  9. Mimi...... it is wonderful to share this. I can sense your excitement as I read the post & follow the photos!
    You have come a long way. Well done.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

  10. How thrilling for you! Sow wonderful that your dream came true and that you and your rule-breaking hubby documented it for us. It's not every day we get to see the making of a dream. Congrats, Mimi!

  11. your joy comes through this loud and clear. congrats on your POTW at hilary's!

  12. I'm glad your hubby took that last photo to capture such a thrilling moment. Congratulations on your POTW *and* an experience of a lifetime!