Thank you - pj, I can't record the piece which the adjudicator liked the best, 'cos it is still in copyright...got one or two commitments, after which I'm very tempted to twist YAP and APs arms to come over to St Cecilia's again and perhaps do a recording in the concert hall. Ben - I was rather fed up with the adjudicator this time, and left wondering if it had been worth it....til I got a phone call at midnight last night asking me to take part in the "highlights" concert this evening (adjudicators' choice of music, not a reference to my grey hair ;D). Got a one-minute slot in a gig with about two hundred folks in the audience, and am fearful I may get bitten by some sort of performing bug . I wonder how infectious these bugs are...next stop an exam, though, I think.
That was the case in the one I entered - I'd even emailed the organisers to check beforehand, as I was worried about this. The only trouble was, that the whole festival set-up seemed to be geared towards an unspoken age limit - the speeches in the middle of the grand finale concert in which I took part also mentioned that the competition festival was a fine opportunity for young players - and with the exception of a curvaceous Spanish dancer, who still looked younger than I am, I was the only mature participant, the rest all being under twenty. There may well have been more grown-ups in the rest of the Festival, I suppose, but my guess is that there weren't many .
The thing is, these events can be a good way to have some sort of goal to aim for, albeit a bit of a lottery (I had no idea if I was going to be the total dud of my group, or ridiculously ahead of the others, or just about right - given the humming and hawing of the adjudicator, it must've been the last) - but the undercurrent of unspoken rules can be rather strong.
The best bit of the festival was probably preparing for it, and the non-competitive baroque workshop - which did attract a much more interesting age range .