Marooned in the Modern World

In conjunction with my book "Swiss Family Suburban" this blog is from my diary; the diary of a wife and mum in a world where neither is valued highly. Beth Bill.

17th October 2010

Last night Em and I sang Mendelsohnn's Elijah. It's some years since I sang this and I'd forgotten how good it is. I realise it perhaps isn't as accessible as Messiah - but it is worth listening to. There were a few gaffs, in that the soloists didn't realise who was singing what, and the bass stood up to sing an Aria at the same time as the Soprano - yikes. Nevertheless, it was a very good evening. You just can't beat live music, and participating is an extra bonus. Em only joined the choir this September and so has only had a few weeks rehearsal. This really is a major work - rather like a musical version of the old TV epics, so she did really well to get to grips with it in such a short time. In true Calvin and Hobbes fashion - character building! (Not to mention good for her UCAS entry).

2nd October 2010

Em entered a class in the Biddulph Music Festival, and won! She won the Volvo Trophy (not sure why it's called that, I guess it's to do with sponsorship). The trophy is huge. She played the Chopin flute Variations, which is very impressive. She did work really hard, so I'm glad she did well. I think, from the photo, it's evident that she takes all this very seriously!?

Jonti keeps busy with his trips to Macclesfield and now he also joins Alderley Edge's orchestra. It's quite nice to have a run out and a coffee to coincide with rehearsals. It's just a matter of stemming the panic that sets in when things get so busy. This academic year has hardly begun and the calendar is beginning to look like a spider fell in an ink pot and crawled all over the page. I guess it's just a matter of times and seasons - and this is a busy one. I suppose that in a few years from now we'll have the luxury of space either side of events - so : Take a deep breath and get on with it! On this trip it happily coincided with 'The Northern Women's Convention' which was pretty much en route. David played chauffeur and Em and I, with a friend, caught up with some friends from the Wirral during the day.