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MandyH

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Last Tuesday, I played at our local day hospice - it was a lovely sunny day, and I set up outside on the patio under a large parasol.
Some of the day patients came out and sat in the sun and were a brilliant and responsive audience.

On Wednesday, I will be playing at a Sight Concern afternoon tea session. I have played there before with my quartet, but never alone.

Then yesterday, I was in town when I noticed that the Book Co-operative were advertising for musicians of any sort to do 20 minute slots throughout the day next Saturday as part of National Book Week. So I popped in and signed up.

That will be my first solo performance to "Joe Public". Up to now it's always been a tame audience!
 

Jeanette

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Good luck Mandy, I am sure you will be fine, most audiences are appreciative, you have had some practice playing alone, enjoy and let us know how it it goes :)

Jx
 

Pyrografix

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Good luck - I'm sure you'll do well. You're so lucky to have these opportunities to play. Enjoy!
 

Alc.

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You'll knock 'em out! Go for it!
 

Alc.

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They'll be on the ropes from so much applause and constant encores. These boxing similes are wearing me out; the girl will do fine.
 

Rob Pealing

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Very good, cool, hope it all goes well.
 

Taz

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Go for it Mandy, you will be fantastic. Just make sure that you enjoy yourself!
 

MandyH

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Just had a brilliant afternoon at Sight Concern.

Also just realised I need some business / contact cards! :eek:

I was asked by 3 separate people if I would like to perform in their concerst, as a guest performer!

Also, not only did I get paid in strawberries, cake and cups of tea, I was given an envelope containing real, folding ones!! Which I hadn't expected.
(Money to those non UK cafe members)

:D
 

trimmy

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Congratulations Mandy :clapping:

Vistaprint are cheap for cards !
 

Jeanette

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Well Done Mandy, I might have you leading a group in Cardiff yet ;)

You can hone your tutor skills :)

Jx
 

MandyH

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Sounds good.
What do you play? Do you have recorded backing?
Yes, I have sheet music and recorded backing tracks, from CDs or downloaded.
I have all the tracks on my iPad, which fits in a holder on my music stand, and this runs through a TDK SoundCube, as a speaker/amplifier.
I have picked music mostly from 1940s to 1960s, mainly because of the age of the audience.
 

Vlad

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:thumb:Epic ! I was going to ask about your repertoire but you've already answered that...Top stuff !
 
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