Sarah sound checking PPC from the audience seats. Photo: Lisa Chanell, Lisa Chanell Photography
Photoblog #5 They say a week is a long time in politics. The same is true of touring and rehearsing.
Days filled with sight-seeing, rehearsing, enjoying meals together, shopping and relaxing in the pool see days stretch. Time warps. And yet, in some senses before we knew it, it was concert day; the culmination of 2 years of planning.
On a Friday night in July, in just 2 hours, it would be all over and we’d be back on the bus, heading back to the hotel for a drink or two and some last minute packing. We had an early start the next day.
But all of that was in the future. Here we are in the concert hall of the beautiful Vietnam National Academy of Music, with Sarah sound checking PPC from the audience seats, and PPC and Diversity Choir at their final dress rehearsal.
PPC and Diversity Choir at the final dress rehearsal. Photo: Lisa Chanell, Lisa Chanell Photography
Photoblog #4: It’s no mean feat to work with a choir week in week out, building skills and confidence working towards a major concert months down the track.
It’s quite another to work with 25 singers, drawn from Australia, New Zealand and the US, having relied on them to learn their parts and to have as little as 12 hours to mould and shape a group before your first Hanoi concert.
But this is what PPC does - and did.
With 4, maybe 5 singers to a part, from the moment we opened our mouths we felt that we were going to be okay. We had trust; trust in each other and trust in the person out the front leading the group, in this case, Sarah.
In this photo we see Susan Haugh, one of the US contingent who was new to PPC. Susan is focussed on Sarah (what a magnificent chorister) and imagining the sound on the tip of her finger. Jonnie Swift is in the background, eagle-eyed and focussed.
L to R: Jim Latt (keys), Susan Haugh, Jonnie Swift. Photo: Lisa Chanell, Lisa Chanell Photography