It was an invitation by Desmond Shawe-Taylor that brought me to the Queen’s Gallery to do a concert with the German Choir of London for the Georges Exhibition. How exciting for all of us!
Weeks of rehearsals went into it. Discussions about red shirts, ties or no ties, singing by heart, or not, and then back to rehearsals. Is it possible to sing the Gluck even quieter? How angry can a bass look at a soprano, if he actually really likes her, but has to sing about problems in marriage? If a tenor has to act like drunk, can he still sing in tune? And where is the next place to change nappies??
In the end we sorted most of it. And the audience obviously had a great time.
Music by Haydn, Steffani, Gluck, Scarlatti and Monteverdi in a room full of art treasures. Can it be any better? Hardly!
Without doubt: I LOVE my job!
(Fotos will follow)