The first half of 2016 is almost over!

Hello world!


Time has run so quickly and I could not have been busier! After getting all RCS-related work handed in during mid March, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks back in Germany climbing some hills, recharging the batteries and getting myself in end-of-year-recital-zone. This time of the year is always very special, as all the practice, feedback and reflection going into my lessons at the conservatoire need to get channeled in one (in my case) 30 minute performance. I chose to have a theme this year that very much captures my approach to sourcing repertoire: ‘Collections’. I featured traditional and contemporary compositions and had tremendous fun playing it for the panel plus an audience of ten friends. It has been so rewarding to play for them and I still feel very honoured and grateful for taking the time to come and listen.

However, I also have been part of five public recitals of third and fourth year students. It always means a lot to be asked to perform – it means that your colleagues trust you and allow you to contribute to their outstanding performances. At the same time it is an enormous amount of pressure. The Traditional Music department is lucky enough to refer to a long established cooperation with the CCA Glasgow (Centre for Contemporary Arts). This means that we get the atmosphere of a proper gig at a professional venue rather than the familiar performance venues within RCS. I can’t wait for next year to perform a public recital in May myself!

After having passed all playing and performing duties, I tried to catch as many non-trad recitals as possible. It was a true eye-opening experience and I enjoyed every second of the performances, whether they might be Jazz or classical. I feel very inspired and motivated after seeing my pals shine – I once more understood how much talent there is concentrated in that small building that is RCS. I’m so privileged!

Today I officially finished off my second year of my degree and can concentrate on very different things over the summer. I will travel, I will compose, I will go into the studio… and maybe catch on some sleep.


For now see you all soon and have a good summer !

Bernadette xx

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