The Gothic made the Guiness Book of Records as the largest symphony ever composed.
I may regret this yet but I've done it; I've booked 3 tickets for the working rehearsal of the Gothic: Liddy, Ma & me. Liddy gets to drive.
It's been 30 years since the last performance of this thing ~ & with good reason. The performers are going to outnumber the audience. This is the first time it's been performed outside England & I'm pretty sure by the time we get to this rehearsal things are going to be pretty fraught. Thank goodness the girl has no nerves to speak of & a tranquil disposition that takes the melodramatic rantings of fraught artistes in her stride! I'm pretty sure she's going to need all the sang froide she can muster.
As to whether we'll enjoy it...well, let's just say the 3.5 hours allowed for this rehearsal is a conservative estimate....The things I do for love. ♥