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February 26, 2006

I want to break something


A week of endings

Well, this week has been a week of endings. Tuesday's UWSO AGM signalled the end of my career as President, last night was the end of the run of Orpheus in the Underworld, and the mad scramble of my project is the beginning of the end of the coding for that. It's also now basically week 9, so the end of term is nigh also.

And time seems to be going so quickly :( Orpheus has flown by, especially as I was only involved from the end of week 6 onwards (only two weeks!), and what a fantastic time I've had. But I miss it terribly.

I honestly cannot believe it is now over a year since I was elected President of Symphony Orchestra, nor can I believe the number of things that have happened in that year: Mother Goose, the Gala Concert, the departure of people I didn't realise I would miss so much; Orientation, the Free Concert, meeting ZoŽ; Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra concerts and socials… There was even a slightly crappy summer holiday and a pretty cool Christmas holiday in amongst that lot.

Maybe, like Jon, I am suffering post-production blues. But I really do feel like doors are closing to parts of my life that are soon to be very much behind me, and that is why I am feeling so blue. There seems to be little ahead of me in the not-too-near future, save my fourth year, and a year as Marketing and Communications for WSO. Certainly, by the end of week 11, I will have completed the three biggest things I have yet undertaken: a concert including a World Premiere, an orchestra and choir tour organised almost entirely by a group of 8 or so students, and my third year project. I feel like my life is going up hill, only to fall off a cliff at the end of it.

Ok, now I'm rambling. I'll cut it short before I depress you lot reading this as well.


February 14, 2006

Bloggage

Wow, this feels quite liberating, my first entry in over a month…!

Am feeling lazy today. Have, in the last couple of days, been taken on as a surrogate Double Bass for WSO's Orpheus in the Underworld and am now even busier than I was before! Sunday's three-hour rehearsal was good - got me out of the bad mood I was in for falling asleep again Sunday afternoon - but last night's four-hour rehearsal was a bit of a killer, not least because I haven't yet recovered from Saturday night's Music Centre Ball (woo!). I now have Symphony Orchestra to look forward to tonight. Oh, and another three-hour Orpheus rehearsal tomorrow.

The Symphony Orchestra AGM is now but a week away, and I think we have people interested in most of the positions available (think we're struggling on the librarian front). I have yet to work out how to make my report interesting to listen to, but I feel sorry for Adrian. You simply can't make a financial report interesting (ES379 proved that!). Oh well, it is important that we do all this, to ensure the Exec is accountable to the society and all that.

In other news, my computer died again (the hard disk was still dodgy). I have now replaced the offending hardware and the whole thing seems more stable and should last a bit longer this time. I did, however, lose the entire contents of the disk again (I didn't even bother to attempt recovering anything this time), which was a little less of a problem than it was last time.

And my project. I am now quickly running out of time to implement what is left to do (and having spoken to my supervisor yesterday about it, it seems I still have quite a bit to do). Having potentially seriously fucked up one module this year through not submitting any coursework, I really need my project to be as good as it possibly can be. This means meeting at least my basic specification by the time my presentation comes around in week 9 or 10. I'm seriously hoping for a week 10 presentation.

Finally, to plug three upcoming events:
Orpheus in the Underworld:

  • Bridge House Theatre, Warwick Boys' School 23 Feb;
  • Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon 24 Feb;
  • Village Hall, Lapworth 25 Feb;

Flight:

  • Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts' Centre 7 Mar;

Strictly Opera:

  • Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick 10 Mar

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