So suddenly, the routine of heading to Perth Concert Hall to watch and observe rehearsals with WASO working at astonishing speeds in terms of change of repertoire and mindset and energy every week for August suddenly ended with a Mock Audition.
Cheerio really. The thought of a mock audition in front of the principles was daunting, even more so, on the divine stage! Hailed as a beautiful stage and I couldnt wait to play on it! the adrenalin from the thought of playing on that stage made me more excited to hear myself and my hard earned and practiced violin on it rather than from fear of the audition!
But first things first.
THe third week with WASO, we had a board meeting with the WASO tops, and they were all inspiring and wonderfully friendly people who were musicians themselves or moreso, understanding and tolerant of the musical persona, which does put a edge to their jobs like no others do! We also had cupcakes, thanks to Prue Ashurst, who was our wonderfully cheery Guide all the way through the introductions and questions through the program.
I was quite fortunate to have lessons with Zac Roundtree my mentor, who was ever so patient and very helpful in the preparation of the audition. Though I must say to have two days to prepare the exerpts, concerto and cadenze, before bringing it to him, sure whipped those exerpts into shape preety fast in order to set a good impression.. The following lessons were just as insightful and I just know his knowledge is going to be very useful next year when I start auditioning for WASO casual work and ANAM. I loved the experience of the stage, fortunately, the principals sat a seat apart, making more of a pattern rather than the usual intimidating row, which was lovely. I wasnt too nervous and it was a great experience to be PREPARED with support and smiles for this audition!
The final week was also the week of Bruckner and Bach. I must say, that Bach I never knew the name of it, other than “the only classical piece of music my non music father listened to when i was a child other than Pachabel’s canon’ and since i grew, i havent heard it at all and it was so refreshing reliving those moments and especially having the visual of seeing the smaller group, with Paul Daniels on .. HARPSICHORD?? (which was spectacular!) and also to watch the new concertmaster at work leading the smaller group, which was definitely alight and more animated than in larger settings. You could see the personalities of the players coming out in their styles. Very beautiful to watch.
The Bruckner was something if it wasnt for my music degree and background of history Western Art Music grinding at UWA, I might not have understood, but it was definitely such artistic music, much more real and on a larger scale than his string quartet which i played earlier this year with FCO. To see it in full force with the different orchestral arrangements and lots of levels and heaps of brass, it was truly stunning. Something I won’t forget! (besides, Simone Young and her beautiful pair of Louboutin Heels)!
I really enjoyed the time spent with my mentor and watching the rehearsals with WASO on this program. It has showed me there are possible, reachable opportunities here at home, Perth to continue performing, learning and enjoying music and my violin. I hope with the year ending so soon, and a graduation recital heading up so fast, that one day I will be able to be part of this professional orchestral culture and lifestyle with the help of patrons and being able to share the music which has inspired me to inspire others.
Thankyou Prue and WASO for this opportunity!