Today I feel as if I had played a rugby match, all 80 minutes and possibly as a prop !
It is the only couple of weeks in the year when for at the very least, I spend 50 hours on my feet in the 10 days of Masterclassing. Maybe that is not much by athletes or dancers standards, but for the singer me, it is a very large chunk of time! At the college we are so lucky to have a wide selection of deliciously home cooked food, and I sometimes wonder why I seem to need a cooked lunch and a cooked supper, when the rest of the time I generally have a sandwich for lunch and eat something more substantial when I finish teaching around 7 or 8pm. Clearly all the physical activity makes me ravenous for solid chicken stews or hearty quiche and lots of vegetables !
Well, today I have not moved on my aching feet since arising, and I am going to enjoy what is euphemistically called a 'duvet day' !
I was trying to get to sleep last night, but the sounds of the diverse repertoire was looping around my brain. What a testament to the impact so much of it had on me! So which songs were on the loop ?!
Purcell's Evening Hymn
Armstrong Gibbs The Candlestick Makers Song
Porgi Amor from Figaro
V'Adoro Pupille by Handel
The Old Rugged Cross sung as a duet
The Trio Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah
And a remarkable performance of Verborgenheit by Wolf
And then again, how can I forget The Ugly Duckling ?
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
Le Berceux by Faure
And more and more......
Now you can imagine how long it took me to get to sleep, and how much I need my duvet day! The only solution to clear out my poor looping ears and brain, is a day of trashy sci fy on the TV.
By 10 pm this evening I trust the cure will allow me to sleep, with only the odd monster or alien in my addled brain!