Dreams Really Do Come True
On arriving at the venue for the big event, it wasn’t just me who was excited to perform there - Matthew Morrison and I discovered we were both realising a career-first and shared a mutual dream - making our debuts at The Royal Albert Hall. It really is quite a special feeling when you realise that someone else is going to share the same moment as you…
Why Bloodwise ?
Behind The Scenes...
After unpacking my things and settling into the small but cosy dressing room, I was shown to the stage where the orchestra and choir were already set up and working through music for the night. As I gazed up and looked around I was overawed by the magnitude and beauty of this historic venue... still pinching myself that I would soon be performing on that stage as I had dreamed for so many years.
My saviour, aka my vocal coach - Kathy Taylor-Jones, arrived on the scene soon after and we went through a warm-up together running through the song a few times before I was collected by the lovely charity team to do my soundcheck on stage... On stage! At this point I hadn't yet met the conductor and I hadn't even heard the arrangement of the song however you do always prepare for this as a performer. The most important piece of advice I was ever given and that I can offer to anyone going through this for the first time themselves is to listen, Listen to the orchestra as everyone is working towards the same thing…. a great performance.
My hubby recorded the sound check / rehearsal and afterwards we scurried back to my dressing room and ripped the performance apart to work out what could be better (I have been doing this since I started singing professionally as I always want to make every performance the best)
After this was all done, we had a lot of down time so enjoyed some dinner, though looking through my suitcase I realised I had forgotten my bananas!!! (Eating before a performance is a bit of a nightmare and I avoid anything like cheese, chocolate, fish or anything that will bloat me, I basically live on Bananas). Luckily the Bloodwise team saved the day and got me 10 which I then shared out with the other performers who were delighted as we watched our teams eat sandwiches, salads and cheese. They made for a great ice-breaker too!
In the final hour before the show began I did a couple of interviews and posed for some backstage photos for Bloodwise and discussed things with my vocal coach. She always helps me put on my dress which, for this performance I was kindly loaned by a stunning brand called Kruszynska Couture. The dress was beyond beautiful having been stitched entirely by hand and fitted like a glove... though still allowing enough breathing room to let me sing with ease.
About 10 mins before my performance time I was called to the side of the stage where my friend George was standing. He had his own nerves to calm as he would be introducing me with TV presenter Ore Oduba who was hosting the whole event. For me, the final moments before a performance are very quiet (can you believe it) and calm. As soon as I walk on the stage I am filled with excitement my name is called and here we go……
Here is a little video sent to me by an audience member: