Penny Adie writes…

Each week, Two Moors Festival artistic director Penny Adie will be here on the blog, letting you all know just what’s been going on down at Festival HQ in Devon.

I write this on Bank Holiday Monday two days after the Festival’s Final Round of Young Musicians Platform 2014 auditions. We selected the required four winners who this year did themselves proud. Their talent combined with natural musicianship and a fearless attitude to standing on the concert platform put them in a league of their own. There are exciting times ahead for these youngsters.

The mention of fright relating to performance on stage has prompted thoughts on this incredibly important part of being a professional musician – or actor for that matter. It’s absolutely vital to be comfortable and confident while standing in front of an audience. Yes, it can be terrifying and is sometimes easier if you can hide behind the glare of spotlights. The true performer, on the other hand, is someone who enjoys the combination of excitement, tension and above all, is able to communicate his/her art to an audience. The performance of a concerto is going to affect listeners in many different ways: provoke tears, laughter, anger, evoke memories, experience feelings of sadness and excitement, become critical, compare one interpretation with another, judge the acoustics of the surroundings and so on. The list is endless. The crucial thing is for the performance to have had some kind of impact on those who heard it.

This brings me to something else… It can be a lonely life playing a concerto. The adrenalin level is sky high while on the platform and the one thing an artist craves afterwards is a drink! He has finished his job, the conductor hasn’t. If there are no supporters present (and away from a big city, this is often the case), with whom, or where, do you have your drink? On the train? On the motorway – no! You arrive home shattered at 1am and after a mug of coffee roll into bed as the school run beckons a few hours later!

Not as easy as it looks!

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