Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer

Katethebass's Masters Recital

Katethebass's recital, originally uploaded by nice_cup_of_tea.

The photos aren't great, but here's the evidence of Kate's bass recital. As part of her Masters in Music, Kate had to give a 50 minute recital on the double bass. She performed a Double Bass and String quartet degree (Faure), a Sonata (David Ellis), a Double Bass duo (Tony Osbourne) and a Sonata by Misek.

The music was fiendlishly difficult and it was amazing to watch her left hand technique as she moved up and down the finger board. Playing the double bass is extremely physical. She got an amazing tone and notes out of the bass and looked very focussed and composed and in the zone!! She seemed tired but exhilarated by the end. And we all breathed out :-) I think her family and friends were more nervous than she was.

Afterwards, we sat in the bar area at the Royal Northern College of Music and her number one fan (that's me) got some bottles of champagne for Kate and her supporters ..... And Mum had bought some amazing chocolate cake :-)

I am so proud of her - for the work that she put in this year (6 hours practice a day!), for her commitment in getting to college in the first place and for her focus. It's wonderful to see someone when they are in the right place for them, doing the right thing with their life. It was a risk for her, she gave up her job as a primary school teacher, not knowing whether she'd be good enough for the course. And she's just done brilliantly!!!

Katethebass website (in case you're interested!)

Tags: family, katethebass

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