We are off to Dublin and the National Concert Hall this weekend to present our Up Up & Away – The Songs of the 60’s, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Although several of us have performed here on other programmes, this will be GRB’s first visit to his wonderful concert hall and the exhilarating orchestra. For this concert, we have the luxury of a rehearsal the day before the concert, in addition to the rehearsal during the afternoon on the performance day. This extra rehearsal allows us all to adjust to a new orchestra, a new sound system (to us) and the acoustics of the hall with a greater degree of relaxation and enjoyment. To rehearse a complete programme and discover all those previously mentioned factors in one afternoon is no mean feat, and often, with a single rehearsal, one is still adjusting to everything during the actual performance.
We also welcome Katie Birtill to the GRB ranks for the first time this weekend. It is always exciting to have a new voice join the team, and we all hope she has a wonderful concert with us.