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How do you tackle stage fright?

The Two Moors Festival’s main two-week event is drawing ever closer (taking place between October 15th and 25th) and no doubt the many classical musicians due to perform are already practising their pieces and getting as ready as they can.

No matter how long you have been performing, an attack of the nerves can strike at any time and you never know quite how it will affect you. We once heard of a singer who really suffered from nerves and had to keep a bucket at the side of the platform because she knew she would throw up at some point before she went on stage. However, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are ways you can deal with stage fright – and they don’t all involve buckets.

The first thing you need to remember is that you’re definitely not alone and countless musicians around the world suffer in much the same way you do (and if you don’t believe us, read this eye-opening article in the Daily Telegraph). It really does help to know that you’re not alone – and that no one is perfect!

It also helps to be as prepared as possible and to make sure you’re as well rehearsed as you can be, so practice, practice, practice before the day of your performance. If you do feel the nerves approaching, do your best not to fight them. You need to acknowledge that they’re there and accept them – the more you fight against them, the worse they become.

And of course, there’s the time-honoured tradition of having a quick tipple before heading out onto the stage. Just don’t overdo it, or you might find you are unable to play for quite a different reason!

How do you fight the nerves? Let us know in the comments below.

To find out more about the Two Moors Festival and to order a brochure for this year’s event, visit our website today.

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How old were you when you first saw an orchestra live?

Going to see a live orchestra for the first time is a truly powerful, magical thing, even more so if you’re quite young and still seeing the world through a child’s eyes.

Unfortunately, there are still countless barriers that prevent lots of children in the UK and beyond from experiencing the joys of a live orchestral performance – cost being one of them.

To help tackle this, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is putting on a series of daytime concerts that link to what school children are learning in school, with over 16,000 expected to attend, 60% of whom will be hearing a live orchestra for the first time.

Tickets cost £9, with schools asked to pay a nominal amount, but even this is too much for some of the most disadvantaged teaching establishments in south London, so the LPO is asking for £9 donations from classical music lovers to enable a further 2,500 children make it to these concerts free of charge.

Followers of the Two Moors Festival will know how much we strive to improve classical music education in schools in the south-west and we’re always pleased to hear of other initiatives further afield, so please do take some time to help fill the concert hall and pick which seats you’d like to donate.