Originally posted by Hammerklavier:
Does your teacher have Student Recitals?[/b]
Do you play in them?[/b]
Going to next week!
Does your teacher have other adult students?[/b]
I am not too sure but I guess so.
Are you the only adult on the program???[/b]
Yes, it's a little frightening to be playing among all kids. My teacher has put me to be the last to perform and I hope this won't backfire!
For bonus points, and a tie-in to the "first piece" thread, what was the first piece you played in a Student Recital (as an adult if you are a retread)?[/b]
This is my first recital and I am only playing one piece from Clayderman. At the end of the day, the audience (parents) will vote for their favourite performer. [/b]
Phew, I have just finished my group recital! Now, I can finally get that irritating Clayderman piece out of my head!
The recital started with about 12 people playing a classical piece each and the remaining 5 playing easy-listening stuff. It turned out that not only adult beginners get nervous during recitals, some of the kids are rather nervous too. And that helps a little...
Some got nervous to the point of stopping the music for one or two seconds before repeating the passage again. The tension could also be attributed to the fact that this was the first time most of us played on a grand and it can be rather alien. This was my third time playing on a grand and I still could not get used to the heavier actions. For eg, I didn't played hard enough on some bass notes and it seemed that the sound that came out was a little inaudible. I also found the treble a little bright but otherwise, it was a really fine piano and it is of course way better and more expressive than what I get to practise on at home (Yamaha U1). It's a Seiler grand by the way.
I was generally satisfied with my own performance although I know I can do better (at home of course!
). Like most people, I made some mistakes during the performance but *maybe* the crucial difference is that I made my mistakes in the softer accompaniment part (when often I didn't play the notes at all or due to the above mentioned reason - heavier actions) while my melody notes were singing and went on smoothly. This somehow covered up the mistake. And to my utter surprise, I was voted one of the 2 favourite performers!
I thought I wouldn't stand a chance as parents might actually like the kids better but well, lady luck's on my side. Yipee! The easy-listening Clayderman must have helped too.
After so many weeks of preparation, I am finally relieved that it had come to an end. All I know now is that I will be there come next year!
Thanks for listening. This is a great forum!