It's still cold and, for the third year in a row, we are having an immense amount of rain. It is dark, gloomy, and very wet.
This makes feeling the passage of time considerably harder and makes deadlines rush up on you in a startling way.
April 5th begins the rehearsals for Purcell's "Indian Queen". I am the alto soloist and I have quite a bit of music to learn. Actually, I am almost there with the learning aspect; that's never really an issue. The real issue here is memorisation. I have to memorise all of this!
I can't remember the last time I actually had to memorise my music. I know that I often do memorise, just from working intensely on a piece, but I always have the comfort of holding the music in my hands during the performance; even if I never look down at it.
My music, although incredibly familiar and becoming more and more polished, is not yet memorised.
But there is still a couple of weeks before the first rehearsal. :-)