As a student I had the good fortune to cross paths with Alan Hazeldine, an inspirational conductor and a generous teacher. In the year or so that I was accompanist to the North London Chorus [my first concert with them was Bach’s B minor mass] I learned a huge amount from him, but this single idea stands out above all else.
Alan held out his left hand, palm facing upwards:
In one ear, I have what I can hear at the moment, in rehearsal; and in the other ear [waving his right hand] I have what I wantit to sound like. And all I am doing in rehearsal is matching up what I can hear with what I wantto hear.
As he said this last sentence, he carefully put the palms of his hands together. So simple.
This is how I rehearse, be it choir…
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