With the first recital, viva, portfolio and essay done, that’s the first third / PG Cert part of my MA complete! All in all the recital went well. Few ups and downs, a few things I thought could have gone better and a few things I know I can improve upon for the second recital. The recital set was as follows:
- Billy Cobham – Sorcery
- Sting – Seven Days
- Stanton Moore Trio – Late Night At The Maple Leaf
- Alan Pasqua – Proto Cosmos
- The Gadd Gang – Watching The River Flow
I also performed for Stu’s recital on the same night, playing Guthrie Govan’s ‘Eric’, and Chick Corea’s ‘Spain’. I also made an appearance on guitar, playing on Django Reinhardt’s ‘Minor Swing’ and Tommy Emmanuel’s version of ‘How High The Moon’, which was a lot of fun! After a lot of preparation with lighting, venue set up and some last minute running around for emergency chairs, the layout and visuals were great. So what happens next? Well it’s straight on to the next recital. The first tutorial for recital number 2 is on Monday (and the recital was only on Wednesday), so it’s full steam ahead.
I’m looking forward to the next recital already, having really enjoyed the first. The journey to that first recital has been a stressful one (lack of sleep, lots of work, the sprouting of a ganglion cyst on the wrist due to all the practice, the accidental rupture of said cyst…), but it’s something I’m more than happy do do all over again!