Singing In The Valleys

July 14, 2013 — 47 Comments


The Eisteddfod in Llangollen on Thursday 11th July was a truly beautiful location.  I had an 8am rehearsal with the festival pianist so I was up very early. Unfortunately the Accompanist who had practiced everyone’s pieces was taken poorly the evening before so Emily, who was amazing, was drafted in at short notice and had to sight read for about 22 of the 27 competitors, around three songs each.  Our programmes were to last eight minutes so she accomplished quite a feat.

The competition in the English Methodist Church began at 10am and ran until 2:40pm.  I was on around noon.  I was actually very nervous in the morning, it was my first time at this event and it is a very popular competition. I was in the adult category and didn’t really know how formal or informal it was.  I’d learned an introduction within the eight minutes allowed for my songs as it allows you to check out the sound in the room before you start to sing and relax, plus it helps setting the scene for the audience especially if you are singing in a foreign language and I was singing O Mio Babbino Caro, Widmung and Do Not Go My Love.

As my name was called my heart was pumping, I was excited to finally sing, I released the butterfly’s in my chest using a breathing technique Kath had taught me which was useful to try out whilst not being obvious for the audience.  However, as I walking on to the stage I was told just to give the titles of my song and the composer which I thought was odd as others had been given the chance the introduce whilst I was watching but I followed the instructions and just thought, I’ll have to act my socks off soEisteddfodSmall2 that the audience understood the song even if it wasn’t familiar to them.  It worked because in the break I won lots of compliments from the audience, my Nana was telling everyone my blog address, so any new readers hello and welcome.

I didn’t make the top three sadly but there’s always next year and the two adjudicators said I had a bright and promising future ahead of me and not to be too disheartened, one said he could see my soul when I sang which was a lovely compliment and they agreed to a photo for my blog it’s a bit blurry as Nan’s not used to taking photos with a mobile phone.

Yesterday it was so beautiful at home my parents suggested we go to Delamere Forest to take some photographs, my Dads renewing his interest in photography and is talking about wanting light reflectors and all sorts, I’ll post some photo’s this week to see what you think.

47 responses to Singing In The Valleys


    Well done Charlotte !


    It sounded like you did a great job!!!


    Looks like a lovely location! Sorry you didn’t make the top three but like you said, there is next year! I would love to hear you sing but Australia is a little far 🙂 Do you have any recordings that I can access online?
    Great to read about your dad’s renewed interest in photography (as tat is my primary interest), please get him to start a blog too, I’d like to see more from that part of the world!


      Hi Reinhardt, thanks for your wonderful supportive comments. I only have the five songs on the blog at the moment. They are listed on the right-hand side of the main page, just click to play 🙂

      Best wishes


    Llangollen is fabulous – my mother once sang there and it really is a special thing to do. Well done indeed.


      Hi Gavin, the main performance stage is truly amazing and the show ground provides a fabulous venue for a performer. I will definitely try and enter again next year 🙂

      Best wishes


    Thank you kindly for dropping by my blog and following 🙂


    Thanks for stopping by my blog and good luck with the singing – your adventures sound amazing! Jane


      Hi Jane, thanks for stopping by for a visit 🙂 I love to look through blogs like yours for inspiration so keep up the good work. Design is so important to the way we live 🙂

      Best wishes


    LOVE your dress!!!
    -Kaitlyn 🙂


    Well done you. The only way is up!


    Great performance and lovely photo!


      Hi Rhys, did you by any chance get to see any of the performances this year at the Eisteddfod?

      The location is beautiful, both to perform in and to visit 🙂

      Warmest wishes and I hope that you can call back again soon.


        Hi Charlotte, I’m sorry to say that I have never been to an Eisteddford. I am sure I would have enjoyed your performance!
        I will look out for more blog posts from you. We can continue via email if you wish. I am
        Hope to hear from you……


    My definition of “Luck.” “Luck is when Organized Preparation Meets Opportunity.”


    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. You have a beautiful voice and that first picture is gorgeous!


    Well done and it is all for experience. Every bit counts.


      That is so true 🙂 I love to perform and also to compete. Competition provides me with the opportunity to get the feedback which helps me to improve my technique.

      Best wishes


    Beautiful photo of you! I just participated in an online “pitch party” for writers like me. I was disappointed by the results but worked so hard to participate so congrats on having courage to try!


      I love to compete, it makes me strive to be better prepared and improves my focus and technique. I hope that your experience will encourage you to keep trying 🙂

      Warmest wishes


    Thanks for the follow. I’m sorry you didn’t get further in the competition but the consolation is that being able to perform music is its own reward. The bit about your nana was cute.


    I liked how nice and inspired you looked on the photo. Competitions are only to test yourself, and they usually do not reflect the real situation. Plus, things like arts, writing, singing, dancing can be compared very approximately.


    Beautiful location and a beautiful experience for you…. nerves and all… It’s all about our creative journey and the pleasure we give others… not just the result of winning…


      Hi Barbara, I enjoy the performance and get so much from each new experience. The adjudicators provide great feed back and it is so helpful to get a different perspective.

      Best wishes and I hope that you can visit again soon.


    I love your dress too! 🙂 I’m also a soprano, though I just sing in a choir, but I’ve been delighted also to read the research about stress relief and stuff. I know choir practice always makes me chill out and I seem to get more stressed if I drop choir! Thanks for calling by my blog.


    Many thanks for visiting our blog and liking my daughter’s photographs — she also sings in a children’s chorus, and they went to their first competition this spring. Arts funding for public education is SO IMPORTANT – loved your post about that as well. 😉 All best for a magnificent summer.


      Thanks for dropping by and visiting with me 🙂 Have a great time during the Summer vacation. I believe that access to the Arts during education is so important for providing choices and to allow students to explore new and exciting opportunities for themselves 🙂

      Warmest wishes


    HI Charlotte! Thanks for sharing your experience in the competition. I think you did very well, and I love your optimism!! You’re right, there’s always next year, and like the adjudicators said, I KNOW you will have a bright and promising future indeed! ^^ Keep singing & believing!! 😀 Cheers, Violet


      Hi Violet, I appreciate your kind words and most definitely will be trying again next year 🙂

      I love the proposition of a balanced life, but as a student I just have to improve my meal plans 🙂

      Best wishes and I hope to see you here again if you have the time


    It sounds as though you had a good time, I am sorry I missed it but hopefully there will be lots more! xx


      Hi Gilly, It was a marvellous day and competition, but I hope that if you can come to one of my concerts in Nantwich or Tideswell at the end of this month, we can catch up 🙂

      Best Wishes,


    Singing remains my main hobby, but only a close first to writing and reading, raising horses, and xeroscape gardening. Thank you for following my blog. Hope my posts continue to please you!!


      Hi Juliana, I really enjoyed looking the photos of your family road trip they were lovely 🙂 You definitely have a busy life.

      Best wishes and I hope you can call back again soon

    justdownrightme July 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    That is such a lovely dress you are wearing!

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