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Reflections on Carnegie Hall

Fourteen of us flew to NY, to take part in 10hrs of rehearsals and then the big performance  of Howard Goodall’s  Eternal Light on the famous Carnegie Hall stage with 266 other singers from around the UK and USA joining with a professional orchestra, conductor and soloists.
 It was made so much more special as we performed in the presence of the composer Howard Goodall. This was the premier of this requiem at Carnegie Hall, and a big deal for all of us.

Just walking out onto the huge stage for our final rehearsal was breath taking. The beautiful auditorium seats over 2000 people, and it was almost unbelievable that we were soon to be performing in this world class venue to a paying audience.

Any nerves I had, were that all of us as a huge choir would give our very best, and that Howard Goodall would feel we had done justice to his composition.

As we turned the final few pages of the score, the organ swelled the already magnificent sound of the orchestra and we sang the anthemic “Lead kindly light”. The closing bars “lux perpetua luceat eis”  brought the concert to an end.

Silence and then the ovation of the appreciative audience.
At the gala dinner after the concert, Howard came around to all the tables and sat and chatted with us. Such a nice chap and so down to earth.
I had to pinch myself – I was really there, and we had successfully sung in Carnegie Hall – how will 2017 beat that?

If you would like to Join Billericay Choral Society please come along on Tuesday evenings at 8pm in the Mayflower Hall, Chapel Street or ring Anne Fryer on 01277 658740 No auditions are necessary. We are preparing for our next concert on Saturday 22 April when we will be singing: Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.