So now that all of the chocolate has been eaten and the Easter Bunny is back in his burrow it’s time to dust off those instruments and get back to rehearsals. Here are our top 5 tips for making the most of your time at WYO!
1 Be there.
It might sound obvious but it really does make a difference. Showing up each week means that you don’t miss anything. At WYO we work in ensembles. The French word ‘ensemble’ means ‘together’ and for your group to progress together everyone needs to be there.
2 Listen up.
Our paid music staff are wonderfully talented musicians and also very knowledgeable, experienced teachers and conductors. They know what they are talking about, so if they offer you advice make sure that you take it. Your performance will be so much better if you do.
Sight reading every Saturday morning isn’t the best way to rehearse, so get out those instruments and practice during the week. If you don’t have a copy of your part to use for practice just ask!
4 Save the date.
Check concert dates and mark them on the calendar NOW! We aim to give you the experience of performing with your orchestra friends in front of an audience. You’d be surprised how many people miss concerts because they didn’t write the date on the calendar at the start of the year. When you’ve worked so hard in rehearsals you don’t want to miss the chance to show what you can do, and you don’t want to leave a hole in your ensemble.
5 Say hello!
Busy rehearsals don’t leave much time for chat. (Yes, we know it’s nigh on impossible to keep a brass section quiet but we’ll gloss over that!) Make sure that you take advantage of the break and get to know people from your section, your ensemble, and from the other groups. Saturday mornings are so much more fun when you are sharing a joke over your tuck shop toast!