Today we had two performances, wow. It was a tiring but exciting day.
In the morning we had our Mixed Chamber Choir section, which has a maximum of 30 people in it. Our choir has 35, but we found out that it’s a maximum of 30 people per song, not a total of 30, so we were able to switch some voices around. We sang my favourite piece, Dixit Dominus (if you’ve seen us sing, it’s the one where we split into three choirs), Surrexit Dominus, the Stanhope Ave Verum Corpus (ie. the atonal one. Not so pretty as the Drury, but very clever), and Slangpolska Efter Byss-Kalle.
This performance was at the Christchurch cathedral, where the sound echoed out over the stone floors. I don’t know what it sounded like from the audience’s perspective, but I think it must have worked. The location seemed to really suit most of our repertoire.
One of the major benefits of sitting out of the middle two chamber choir songs was that I could hear how some of the more complicated pieces were pulling together and the bits that felt wrong to sing actually sounded really good.
We had lunch at the Duke Centre afterwards, then rushed off to the Masonic Hall, where our afternoon performance was. For this section, Musica Contemporanea, we sang Shore, Gloria, Lament and Biegga Luohte.
I tells ya, the relief after finishing all of our sections was great. Once there were no more performances in front of us we were totally able to relax and even though there are still events for us to attend, we’ve done all the high-pressure stuff. Yaay!
We had to rush to get changed and have dinner, then we went off to the awards ceremony for yesterday’s category, Music of Religions. The place we were in was kinda like a stadium, but with a roof. Oh, and it was right next to a baseball stadium where there was a game going on, so we had to push through a crowd of people with red shirts on who were going to cheer their team on. In our blue shirts we really stood out from the crowd, so it was easy to follow through.
The announcements were so dramatic. With such-and-such number of points, a choir! With another amount of points slightly higher, another choir! We waited with bated breath as our category was read through, and finally we were announced with a silver medal! 75.45 points – not bad for my first go! That’s like a Distinction in Uni – woo!
Considering that last year we were in the open competition and this year was our first in the champions competition, it’s stunning to believe we’ve managed to achieve this much! What a leap – newbies to old-timers, practically.
The next awards are being announced tomorrow – not long now!