New Directions

Well, today marks the day that applications for the World Council of Churches Youth Internships close. I actually got mine in Friday night (if I remember correctly), but all the same, now starts the waiting game. I’m not actually sure when I’ll find out about it, and I’m in the odd situation of wanting to plan for next year, but not being able to. I can’t in good mind take on new students with the possibility of me only being able to teach them for a term, however if I get the internship I’ll need a little bit of money for travel expenses.

However, I have done a bit of thinking as to what I could do if I don’t get the internship. Besides building up my teaching and working on my playing, I had an idea today sparked by tutorial talks on Schumann’s music criticism journal. Basically, he was part of a movement that despised musical philestines – those that enjoyed only light music. This plague is still around today, though the artists have change. In a world of Andre Rieu and the Ten Tenors, whose shows sell out faster than many contemporary music concerts, those who prefer music with a bit of body and soul never have to worry about getting a seat.

The way to combat this is to not harbour knowledge, but to share it. To educate, rather than exclude. My idea was a blog that featured the concerts of the WA Symphony Orchestra, my local orchestra. I’ve always wanted to get a season pass, and this year if I don’t get the internship I may be in a financial position to get these tickets. The idea for the blog is then tri-fold.

First is a series of posts explaining orchestral concert behaviours from both an audience members and a performers point of view. This would not only explain to the new audience member the expectations of them, but also what it’s like to be on the other side.

Secondly, and the bulk of the blog, would be a number of posts written in the lead up to each concert detailing the pieces on the program, their historical context, their form, what to listen for, and biographies of who’s performing. Using the great resource that is youtube, I could provide the reader a chance to hear the work before going to see it performed live – which after all is a great way to do it as you know what you’re listening for, instead of going in blind.

Finally, having gone to the concert, I can provide my own reviews. For this I might take on a technique used by Schubert of having two personas. While his were two aspects of his personality – the extroverted virtuoso and the introverted cleric – mine might be that of an informed listener, and that of an audience member. Don’t know how well this would work – as I’ve never been  much of a writer so writing this much would either a) make my skills grow very quickly, or b) fail miserbaly. Either way, it should prove interesting.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the idea. Whether it will fail miserably, or if it has potential. What else might you like to see on such a site?

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