Hello bloggers! How are we doing? It feels like a while since I last wrote (I know I say that every blog but it never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes). I’m sat here typing this blog in a mound of books and reading while tackling my second chapter of the dissertation. I’ve had a busy few weeks since I last wrote, I went to see one of the Welsh National Opera’s dress rehearsals as well as cracking on with completing the Cardiff Award and hearing some really really exciting news from across the Atlantic…
Last week I attended the dress rehearsal of the Welsh National Opera’s latest production in their Spring season, Chorus!, a work which shows off the amazing talent of the opera company’s chorus. This one of the great bonuses about being a music student in Cardiff University – the free/heavily discounted tickets to see professional productions/concerts. Music students can sign up for any of WNO’s dress rehearsals (which almost always run like a normal performance) completely free and I promise you won’t be disappointed! Chorus! starring Lesley Garrett presented many of the most well known choral numbers in opera, from the ‘Humming Chorus’ of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to ‘Make Our Garden Grow’ from Bernstein’s Candide (one of my favourites!)
This month also sees my final one before submitting my documents for the Cardiff Award early next month, which is super exciting. I can’t wait to begin preparing for the presentation and compiling all my work from the year.
It’s also a busy week ahead with the Joint Honours open day on Wednesday and the final UCAS audition for music of the year on Friday. I can’t stress enough how essential open days are when making your choice for University. It is one of the most important decisions you may make and open days are the perfect opportunity to meet lecturers and staff delivering your course, speak to students on the course and just generally get a feel for the University. My visit to the open day really cemented my choice for me, I just knew when I visited that this was the perfect match for me. I also feel so privileged to coordinate the UCAS days as it is so great to meet applicants who I can completely relate to and watch the beginning of their journey.
Sooo…. the exciting news from the States. I’m not sure if you remember but last summer I spent the summer in New Jersey at Appel Farm Arts Camp where I was a Piano Instructor and Bunk/Relief Counsellor. I had the time of my life at the camp and knew when I left that it wouldn’t be the end of my time with Appel. So I interviewed last month to get back out there this summer and I’m so so so so pleased to say that I’m returning in June. Not only am I returning, I am also returning in a new and exciting role which I think will be a perfect fit for me, I’m coming back as Assistant Head of South and Assistant Activities Director -I can’t wait, BRING ON JUNE!!
Catch you next month,