And with around 150 participants taking their final bow at Fables – A Film Opera, the first part of the Winter Festival drew to a close. (Well sort of; there were of course lots of things to do such as tidy up, and battle with the weather).
The Festival week has been a whirlwind of an experience, with daily meetings, and mucking in on a mixture of jobs. The past seven days has seen me (and everyone) stewarding, transporting, sitting in a very cold foyer, and fetching forgotten equipment(!), as well as all the usual things which occur week to week. It has also meant being able to see bits and pieces of the performers both in concert and rehearsal.
Particular highlights for me have included watching Tower Voices make their debut in Winter Songs, hearing Caius College Choir & Consort’s sensitive performance of sacred madrigals in Madrigals Transformed, catching Carmina rehearsing the stunning music of An Icelandic Songbook, and of course the momentous premiere of Fables – A Film Opera.
With only a month left to go until the end of my internship, it’s back to the grindstone (well at least for a few pre-Christmas days!) to prepare for the second part of the Winter Festival in January. I’m especially looking forward to Paul Agnew’s concert Monteverdi, Opera & Beyond. But for now, Merry Christmas!
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