The last one before the concert

15 Mar

The last rehearsal

Hi everyone

I can’t believe that Wednesday was our last rehearsal already. This term has flown by and it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since we were ‘Der der der der – ing’ our way up to the Edinburgh Festival, or frantically trying to learn Welsh for the Christmas concert. Now here we are fully fluent in Zulu chanting, though not that fluent really as up to a fortnight ago we thought it was Swahili.

Our rehearsals this term have been hampered by snow, ice, and snow with a bit more ice. The endless falling of snow (falling slowly ice that knows me and it hurts m’ back) always seemed to be heaviest on a Wednesday and even forced cancellation of a rehearsal. It was also the cause of the Great Le Miz Snow-Splat which is still talked about to this day, but mostly by me.


Newcastle Inspirationers leaving rehearsals one snowy dark Wednesday

Newcastle Inspirationers leaving rehearsals one snowy dark night


But we didn’t moan about the weather and the problems it caused I  did constantly we worked hard and learned all the words just in time for BH week.  We have practised our Zulu and jazz hands (separately), and even struck a Usain Bolt pose at one point. Our Normas have been given a good airing and are ready to share publicly. It’s nearly curtain time and away we go.


Some were determined to get to rehearsals by any means

Some were determined to get to rehearsals by any means


To make double sure we are ready we did another full run through of the concert. We had some more people in the pews to watch us, along with those Inspirationers who were confined to the sick bay (they were the ones drinking Port and filming  us on their cameras and ipads). So we had a nice audience to play to 😉

It was concert discipline again, which was instigated by Gary tapping his conductor’s baton (is that the right word?) on his music stand. It’s supposed to command instant respect, but on Wednesday it raised a pantomime type ‘OOoooooooooooohhhhh’. I must remember not to do this on Sunday.

We got through all the numbers with no problems. I hit a bit of a blip when we stood for the ‘King and I Medley’ as I thought we were going to sing ‘Astonishing’ for some reason. Then later when we got to ‘Astonishing’ I racked my brain for the first words, just in time to realise that the Sopranos sing first and not us. I managed to stumble across a word in ‘Astonishing’ that I have never sung before – ‘I may be small but I’ve got giant hands plans to shine as GREATLY as the sun’. Well Christopher Columbus me I’ve never sung ‘greatly’ ever – hooray a new mistake. So I am taking all of this as a sign that I need to go over ‘Astonishing’ again.


Words sometimes fail me, but I stil love the Lion King

Words sometimes fail me, but I stil love the ‘Lion King’


The highlights of the second half were ‘Brand New Day’, which is still difficult but getting a bit easier. A few of us have worn out the CD track for this one, trying frantically to remember the order of the words. My rendition could nearly end up being a dedication to Norman Collier if I’m not careful – ‘Ev —- ody —–round —-eason ——-you see ——-ody —-co—–out ——let’s ——-ully’.

Then the men and tenor-ladies were less earnest and more wise in ‘Nothing Like a Dame’. They definitely had ribaldry in the ranks and put lots of energy into their performance. Gary gave a great backhanded compliment at the end of “and thank you to the 2 basses who held the harmony up”. He also told the basses to  go “down with the drinks” though that was a suggestion to aid memory, rather than an instruction for the concert.

Again the soloists and ensemble were excellent and very confident (even though they were singing into pegs with numbers on) 😉

I’m going to make this a short post, so that I have plenty to write about for next week. I’m looking forward to the concert, although there are a few things I still need to check – words, dance moves, and can I still fit into my trousers. Once I have got those things sorted I’ll feel happier.

Look forward to the concert and singing to Gary’s Nan, plus Leeds Inspirationers.

See thee ‘um on Sunday. (Hooray at last I got the day right).

Lorraine x

Hakuna Matata we're getting ready for the Lion King.

Hakuna Matata we’re ready for the Lion King.


4 Responses to “The last one before the concert”

  1. forcupscake March 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    You even put a falling penguin in for me? X

  2. Susan Ward March 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Hurrah! My giant hands have caught on! *twiddles evil moustache, evily* 🙂

    • singingalto2 March 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      Loved that Susan and it fits so well. Very easy to get used to though and has become stuck in my brain 😉

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