Friday was busy because, despite it being the one day that I don't have classes, I did have quite a lot of work to do. Namely working on my drafts of the narrative essay which is due in on Friday and also working out availability for my training as a digital representative here at York St. John. Lots to look forward in those two elements - the more I draft, the closer I can feel myself getting to the finishing line that is essay hand in day. It's hard to submit an essay though. Because it means giving up the power to go over the words you have so meticulously chosen and checked a million times. Letting go of that control is hard, particularly at the moment when I am still adjusting to the work load. But it is hopefully going to get a little easier with the next set of deadlines before Christmas already looming.
It was also a great way to end the week as it was my first performance in the Minster! I performed several pieces with the York St John chamber choir for the wedding of a member of the board of governors. Singing at weddings is always lovely, particularly that day as it was a happy occasion full of hope and promise. It was definitely something I won't forget being a part of any time soon. Wish I could relive it right now. Especially as there was also a local chamber orchestra playing, and they performed so beautifully renditions of Vivaldi, Pachelbel and also, specifically, the piece Gabriel's oboe.
The train was rather frantic - it consisted of a switch, a train ticket conundrum and a lot of reading for class. But in the end, all was resolved and home was reached. It took a good few hours of reading in Chapter one book store for me to recover though... namely Jack Mapanje's autobiography which is simultaneously horrifying and awe - inspiring. A difficult life is always a complex one to read about because being brave and being treated fairly tend to be juxtaposed. It's hard to explain, so I recommend you do read some of his work, as it will make more sense that way.
Saturday too was rather busy. But it was also one of the funnest days I have had in a while! The weather wasn't fantastic though, so unfortunately my plans to work over picnicking with a good long walk through the woods was foiled... but the afternoon redeemed all. Firstly, rehearsals were shorter than expected which meant more time with my family for lunch in the break before the actual concert. The chocolate ice cream really helped my sore wisdom tooth (any excuse for ice cream) and on the journey through the darkened city, I got a glimpse at some of the Halloween activity that has been going on in Manchester whilst I have been back here in York - the whole town hall was lit up green, and there were pumpkins projected onto pretty much everything! It's awesome to see so many people taking a liking to Halloween this year, and it saddens me that the pumpkin lanterns will soon come down from the trees and also that I couldn't be at the Halloween parade today. There's always next year though, so I anticipate that and look forward to my own York-ian Halloween plans for tomorrow.
I digress - so after dinner, I surprised my lovely family with tickets to the concert (they thought it was sold out) and was lucky enough to have them come along and watch. But even luckier to be a part of the concert I am about to tell you more about. It was probably my favourite concert I have been a part of in my entire time of being a soprano in the Halle Youth choir (right up there with the proms!)
Because it was a concert celebrating Star wars! Star wars for me is my childhood - it's long days with my grand dad making up adventures based on the movies, and writing this world to life in my own imagination. And to be a part of re-creating that music? Being part of a John Williams based concert is on every performers bucket list I think: It's definitely always been on mine. But more so, to get to meet storm troopers (they were outside the Bridgewater looking menacing and amazing when I arrived back) and R2-D2 is beyond belief the best thing ever! Still a little star struck to be honest and don't know when I'll recover. The wall of sound we created in our rendition of Duel of the fates still has my heart hammering and my brain whizzing with the hype of something so .... amazing!
So yeah... Despite still being tired from the long day on Friday, Saturday filled me with nostalgia for my childhood and a new found passion for the films we are studying at the moment (easy rider and Hero) It makes me want to be a film composer, and to listen to more film music and to, in general, just live in this state of feeling I have a knowledge of lots of different cultures and inspiration to discover not only my own ideas, but also ideas of others which are new to me which I can learn more on in order to become further inspired. You know those moments where you just want to be a computer but with all the good parts of being human too? Kind of one of those moments.
Today, this Sunday, has also been rather a fun and trying day. Getting through my work has taken up much of the evening and has been rather stressful, but getting a schedule sorted as part of it has been useful. Hopefully, this will be my last ridiculously busy week for a while because I really need to catch up on sleep (8 hours is never enough - bring on the lie ins!)
This morning I was up bright and early packing, but also on my way to an emergency dentist appointment... I won't go into all of the details, but basically my medication didn't seem to be helping the swelling around the wisdom tooth (singing can be a surprisingly painful thing apparently) and another opinion was needed ASAP. Bur now things are looking to be back on track and my tooth is starting to hurt a little less, which is definitely the best case scenario as I was prepared for it to hurt for a lot longer - so hooray for dentists!
And this afternoon has been lovely. It's the first weekend I have had free to invite my mum to come and visit. So after the dentists she headed back with me and I was able to show her all the best spots in York, including the books shops of course. She seemed to love it here, which made me really happy as it is one thing me being happy here and being happy in my studies, but it is another thing having the people I love here being happy alongside me. Sharing the things we care about, is the best part of caring about things. It's why performing in that Star wars concert was so great - so many people love those films and that musical score, and to share it meant everything. Likewise, my mum is a pretty amazing person. To have her approval of a place, more so to have her genuine opinion of a place, is to unlock a side to it I hadn't recognised before. And it also makes me miss her a little more - you're never too old to need a hug from your mum.