Friday, 24 October 2008

Day 50

Thursday was a rather shitty day.



Clarinet lesson went well.  My teacher loves my new clarinet so it looks as if I'll be purchasing it next week.

I then had the dreaded 3 hour clarinet class which consisted of
orchestral extracts.  These are the extracts of music which come up at
orchestra auditions and you have to basicially be able to play all of
them - they're absolutely hundreds.  Needless to say, this was
incredibly boring.



In the evening, Carrie, Guy, Joycey and myself went to IndigO2.  A new
venue at the O2.  We saw the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, of whom many
Trinity brass teachers play in.  They played a Sibelius work,
Rachmaninov's 2nd piano Concerto and Tschikovsky 4.  They were really
good, however the venue just didnt do them justice.  The acoustics were
about as good as a portaloo...no reverb.  A totally dead and souless
sound.  However, the pianist, Peter Donohoe, performed the Rach
flawlessly.  One day I'll be able to play the concerto, whether it be
next year or twenty years.



We then came home - on the way my chest started to become really
tight.  I'm asthmatic and I've never had an attack in my life.  To cut
a long story short, I was laying in bed that night, and got a pain all
down the right hand side of my upper body including my right lung and
back.  I could hardly breathe.  After trying to sleep it off for a
couple of hours with the help of nurofen, I ended up going to Lewisham
hospital.  Not my preffered choice as I felt like a right pussy, but I
guess when you can't breathe properly, something has to be done. 



My heartrate was hitting 140bpm and my blood pressure was apparently
ridiculously high too.  I had a temperature of 38.5 to compliment
this.  They did an ECG but it came out ok, and just gave me some
painkillers.  The bottom line was that I had a fever - that made me
feel quite stupid and they gave me some anti-biotics to help fight it. 
I've woken up this morning, still in pain and feeling quite shitty. 
Bad bad times.  No drinking for help term and no drinking on my 19th
bday..shit!



x

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Day 47

I havn't written on here for a long for a very good reason - the fact that I've been so bloody busy.

The last ten days have spelt nothing out of the ordinary. 
  • Partying at halls/greenwich/central london.
  • Endless rehearsals
  • A couple of trips back to sunny Elm Park/Romford
  • A large number of visits to Howarths (the woodwind shop) in search of my new clarinet.
The latter is proving to be very expensive as it looks as if I'll be paying a good £6000 for the pair I'm going to need....bad times.

On a positive note - free Chlamydia testing at college today.  To put it bluntly this could get messy..

Anyways, I should be off to college for a clarinet quartet rehearsal....I really can't be bothered

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Day 37

The last few days have been extremely messy what with the whole drink. I was still drunk from previous night, yesterday afternoon. An amazing little pub has opened directly next to halls. It's so nice inside. However, they don't seem to realise that by charging £3.70 a pint, they won't be able to entice the 3000 students (rough estimation) living next door to it. By charging £2 a point, they could easily make £6000 if everybody just has one drink - crazy fools!

I'm off to the music shop Howarth in Cental London in a minute to go clarinet shopping! It's going to be an expensive purchase of around £6000 for the two instruments...ouchie :(.

I thought you might like to see what I'm currently working on, on the piano at the minute. It's Rachmaninoff's infamous prelude in C# Minor. It's still not finished and I kind of repeat the second half of it at the end as it goes really badly the first time through, but feel free to have a listen and I'll upload the final version when its finished. I figured that it might be a good idea to record everything I learn this year so that I have a record of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeKy9cDxMtw

Anyways, enjoy your weekend! x

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Day 34

I can't actually believe how quickly my life is currently going. It's been nearly a week since I lasted updated my blog.

There's been a hell of a lot of drinking and socialising going on this week as well as much practice - I did 5 hours of clarinet and 2 hours of piano yesterday, plus language of music class which was 2 hours of the retard class attempting to sing and analyse harmony. I've come to the conclusion that staying at college until 9.45 is the way forward if I actually want to get anywhere. It's so easy to practice at that time with there being so few people there in the evening. It's great to actually get a decent piano like a Steinway as opposed to the crap that I normally get given.

Student night tonight (yay)...blatent rapeage of the local pubs and their cheap drinks!

The week in pictures:

Manuel (Manwell) doing what he does best. This guy is the most amazing pianist ever




My 'steal of the week' - Try getting that past security!



I got spanked by a spatula...twice



Stabby Stabby girl eating lunch!



The view from last nights practice room











Anyways, it's half 6 in the morning and I think that it's time I left for work..

x

Friday, 3 October 2008

Day 28

Another busy week, although not as busy as last week.

This week, the whole partying element has gradually begun to die down - I think we've all accepted that we have a hell of a lot of work to do and drinking heavily can be left for Monday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights..

There's been a lot of rehearsals this week, and I'm now playing in a wind quintet - I need all the experience I  can get really.

The Russian piano teacher complimented on how good I was yesterday considering I was doing piano as a second study - he blatently only said that as I was busting out the Rachmaninoff ;)

Rant of the week:  THE STATE OF THE KITCHEN!  What an absolute mess.  No matter how much it gets cleaned/mopped/tidied, the girls will always find a way to totally trash it through their sheer stupidity.  They don't realise that dishes are harder to clean when they've been left out for a couple of days to dry out and that leaving bits of food lying on the floor, worktops and hob will encourage nasty things that we don't want in our kitchen...fucktards

Right I'm gonna hit the whisky and let friday night commence! ciao.x