I have been rather tired since Tuesday night’s performance.
Yesterday was quite good. I made some progress in my practising, which is always encouraging. I rehearsed the Brahms trio, and played a bit of jazz with the pianist when we had to switch rooms. I got an assignment handed in and had a useful horn lesson.
Then I went home and made cookies, because I’d promised a dozen cookies each to players who could come and make up a wind quintet for arranging class this afternoon.
Today was similarly useful. More practising, which went well; a meeting with student services, some bits of paperwork (oh why is there always more paperwork?), a brief chat with Angela Myles Beeching regarding career-related things (I will very likely end up buying her book, Beyond Talent; I had a flip through the reference-only library copy yesterday and it seems like a useful thing to have on hand), and then off to arranging class with the cookies.
I do, so I’m told, make very good cookies. Sadly even this level of temptation was not enough to coax a clarinet player away from a masterclass with Gervase de Peyer, and rightfully so. Result? I have a lot of cookies to give away, and we’ll have to record wind quintets next week instead… which means next week I’ll be making cookies again.
My plans for tomorrow are to rest a lot. I’ve had to skip out of some social things to do this, but it’s a little too close to exam time to let myself get run-down.
As much as I’d like to be writing a ‘serious’ blog with serious articles about serious subjects, this is very much turning into a personal diary. I do have some ideas for more intellectual content, particularly on the subject of copyright, but I’ve been quite short on the time and energy to develop them.