Roald Dahl’s ‘Bitch’

For CoLab this year, I chose to participate in an Operatic Musical Theatre Production of the short story ‘Bitch’, by Roald Dahl.

… None of us fathomed how difficult it would be to devise a Musical, from scratch, in under a week!


The rehearsals are going well! Our composer thought up a few main songs however most of our music is being improvised and changed day-by-day.


We are very excited to perform our work on Friday!

The Menuhin Competiton

This year, the competition is taking place in Austin, Texas, USA. However, in 2016, The Menuhin Competiton is returning to London, where Yehudi Menuhin spent most of his life.

It has produced some astounding finalists, including Tasmin Little who I was lucky enough to have a masterclass with a few years ago.

Just to show you the standard, click here to hear the 11-year old winner of the Juniors (Under 16′s) in Bejing, 2012, perform Carmen Fantasy and click here to hear the winner of the Senior division (Under 22′s) perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor.

As I will be 22 in 2016, maybe I should give it a shot?!

Finally, who doesn’t love a bit of Boris Johnson!

Performance Anxiety

I’ve always been one to suffer from performance anxiety. It has gone through various stages throughout the years; sweaty palms, burning ears, shaking, feeling extremely nauseous and generally fearing the worst for the performance that is about to commence.

We’ve all been told different ways to relax our adrenaline overload, be it breathing exercises, stretches, beta blockers or even eating a banana (I tend to fall back on this one!). Usually I tend to just enter the exam or performance with the view that I will just relax once I get started. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

A recent study at Harvard University has discovered that instead of trying to repress our adrenaline in a negative way, it would be more apt to channel this into positive enegrgy. What I’m trying to say is that they’re telling us to GET EXCITED about the event that is making us nervous!

“When people feel anxious and try to calm down, they are thinking about all the things that could go badly. When they are excited, they are thinking about how things could go well.” – Alison Wood Brooks

I will definitely be trying this technique in my next assessment and will report back. Fingers crossed science will prevail over my negative feelings!

Click here to read the article, and find a link to the full Journal.

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