HOCNY2019 - Mass in Blue Day 5
Sound check and rehearsal at 9:30 but we had a delay due to late running of the 2nd half choir. Lincoln Centre much nicer than Carnegie Hall for performers. We rehearsed until 11:45. We then had 90 minutes for lunch or sit in sunshine around Lincoln Centre (10 minute walk from hotel).
Our performance call was 1:15 with move to stage for 2:00 pm performance. We recommend that you have trousers with pockets as you are not allowed handbags on stage and there is no safe storage in choir rooms, You can get away with a body belt. You line up in reverse row order and wander through the backstage maze until you go through the stage door and smile! No seats (unless requested for front row) so you stand for the length of the performance. It was superb! Dr Walker is an exceptional conductor and Will gave us support from the piano. A bow for the MD's (Alicia took the bow for Jonathon) and that was our 40 minutes of fame.
Off stage and we were allowed into the gallery seats in the Lincoln Centre to view the second half which was Will's Song of Peace, (a piece about love and loss) and No More Sorrow . These works are well worth considering. This performance with different choristers was conducted by James Meaders who moved to London in 2017 from his role as associate artistic director and conductor with DCINY.
The concert was followed by the Gala Dinner in Rose O'Grady's on 7th Avenue, which was enjoyed by all. We had great opportunity for networking with the Artists and Guests and hopefully have built some links for future HOC opportunities.