Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I did say I wasn't driving her in. I had no intention of driving her in. Working day. Lunch time Brissie. To even hope for parking is a joke. Then another mum rang because she works & her daughter was desperate to attend the concert & her only hope was if I would take her along with Star. I said we'd be training but then Liddy said if there were that many of us she'd do the driving. I should have stuck with the original plan & gone with public transport.
We left in plenty of time. In fact Liddy was complaining we could have gone one boat later, possibly two. What was I thinking? That was before the roadworks began. It took us the best part of 2 hours to crawl into Brisbane & it was a stinking hot day. Isn't that always the way? Star & I, having created mayhem & chaos down Turbot street & heart failure in the busway knew exactly what Liddy was not to do & gave her very clear directions up Elizabeth street & across Creek & down Ann ~ because Brisbane is a network of one way streets. I swear, the place is a diabolical maze! By then we were pretty short of time so I told Lid to pull into the first Garage knowing it was going to cost us a small fortune ~ which it did. *sigh*
All this to sing here: the Albert Street Uniting Church ~ one of our older church buildings ~ & not the prettiest one around either. The red brick's a bit much but they have a pretty decent organ & a good crowd. Super high ceiling with all the fans dangling up high where they were no help to anyone. Forget air con. The kids in their long B&Ws were suffering a bit. Plus a number of new kids there for the experience more than anything else so it sounded a bit thin on the ground in places. I always say rehearsals are the best place to hear the kids. They are comfortable, relaxed & generally happy to sing out. When they are a tiny group & right in the audience's faces it is another can of worms. Some of what they sang:
Lassus: Adoramus Te
Bach: Bist Du Bei Mir
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Weelkes: The Nightingale
Gibbons: The Silver Swan
Faure: Ave Maria
Watch Us Shine
Not the easiest repertoire but lovely to listen to. So glad to get home though! Island breeze & about 10 degrees cooler! Liddy's still over there, lucky girl!