No, teacher aiding is not what Cait wants to do but it pays her bills & leaves her time enough for her music ~ though after this week we are both dragging ourselves round like shipwrecks! Cait is working 5 days a week! Yay. Well, I'm saying yay. Cait was hoping for 4, but 5 works.
Meanwhile we were waiting on confirmation of her placement with a choir with her singing academy, Vocal Manoeuvres. After nearly 10 years AVAE has been disbanded & all the children I watched grow up & develop musically under Alison have been promoted into other choirs.
The one I think we were both hoping for was Exaudi Australis. I adore Exaudi. Like many of Alison's choirs it is quite small with a big, big sound, but the musicians are musically incredible & their repertoire spectacular. Exaudi gets all the really fun stuff & often plug holes in the other choirs also so lots & lots of opportunities to sing & perform all sorts of music. Exaudi is where you want to be. As it turns out Cait has been offered two places; one with the youth ensemble who are immediately rehearsing Dido & Aeneas. Opera? Really? What I have heard so far is lovely. Purcell I think. Alison does a lot of Purcell & I can see why. Besides, she has those counter tenors!
Auditions were still going for Exaudi so we waited ~ & we waited, knowing that Cait is not a private singing student, baulked at doing her exams & has always had to work harder than anyone else just to keep pace with her choir. Not helped by a prolonged hiccup as her voice changed. Now we have confirmation! I am so happy for her because I know she will enjoy the challenge & get so much out of her music this year! Bonus, she is also now on a scholarship! To say I am super proud of her is something of an understatement!
So we are in rehearsals Monday nights & Thursday nights. Monday isn't too bad. We make either the nine or the 10 o'clock boat but Thursdays is a disaster. We miss the 10 by something like 5 minutes & the 11 doesn't get us home till nearly midnight. We are tired. However we will adjust. The funny is last Thursday I was comfortably propped up in the foyer on my lonesome ownsome with my book & my phone being regaled by Cooparoo's Pipe & Drum band on one side & Exaudi singing classical on the other! Good thing I like the bagpipes! They sounded pretty good too! Sounds like that may be a regular thing.
And if you're wondering why I'm still choofing my 18 yr old round, it is very simple. We need to replace our mainland car, which has become a little unreliable & until that happens I am still travelling with Cait for safety reasons. We have plans in place if she misses the last boat & will be upgrading to paid parking as parks are at a premium & some nights we drive round for ages before we snavel one. With 2 of us, it's not too bad but once Cait is travelling alone we want her as safe as possible with a secure parking spot, well lit walking to the jetty & somewhere to crash should she miss the last boat.
I felt from the Lord not to do R.I this year but put my hand up to read with the year 6s. I go straight from our early morning prayer meeting to reading with 11/12 year olds. We have our first lot of training manuals through so will be beginning that soon as well plus our Luke will be down from Hamilton for a few weeks next month. Or the one after. As always his plans are a little vague.
So yeah; we're busy. And you?