Peter and I entered a duet class last night and we’re delighted to say we came first! Although I must confess that we were the only entrants in the class, so we didn’t really have any other option than first place.
The adjudicator, Ann Martin-Davis, is lovely and had some useful feedback for us, most notably that the balance between bass and treble was not always correctly weighted and also that the top notes of our chords should be voiced so that the melodic note sings out more than the rest of the chord. This is something we’ll keep working on for the next festival in March!
Just worth noting that the room is incredibly warm and stuffy so bring some water with you. There aren’t any refreshments available at the venue and there aren’t any shops within an easy walk. Driving from East Dulwich took about 15 minutes, even with a reasonable amount of traffic and stopping for petrol. There isn’t a huge amount of parking on Lennard Road itself but there are two side-streets either side of the school with ample parking.
The grand piano is a beautiful Boston piano (made by the makers of the Steinway) and it has a warm tone, not too loud or bright. There are two warm-up rooms so if you get there early, ask the lady or gentleman on the door if you can have a practice beforehand.