The opera gala on Friday to raise money for Headlines was a massive success. We managed to raise over £2000 and we are still getting late donations. I am completely overwhelmed by everyone's generosity. My niece was present for the concert and she was a huge hit with everyone. Seeing her beautiful face so excited made all the hardwork worthwhile (and believe me singing a big concert whilst jet lagged is not easy!)
I couldn't have done any of this without the help of Marie Soulier at OperaPourUnSalon. She did everything for me while I was away on the cruise and it is thanks to her we had such an amazing attendance.
So yet again I am inspired to carry on fundraising. I am hoping a concert for the Royal Marines Association is next on the cards. It will probably be sometime in the autumn after Don Pasquale has finished. For today though I am enjoying my sofa and some films before getting back to reality tomorrow. My next cruise is in 6 weeks and Don Pasquale rehearsals will follow shortly. Exciting times ahead.
After an incredible 2 weeks away I am finally back in London and this morning back to teaching! Tomorrow is the opera gala concert. We have raised over £1100 already for Headlines which I am completely overwhelmed by. I am so looking forward to it and even more so as my beautiful niece will be there too.
As ever the cruise has introduced me to people from all walks of life and professions who have inspired me no end. I have so many exciting ideas buzzing in my head now for the next few months that I am looking forward to putting them into practise. First of all though I am focusing on getting into shape for Norina as rehearsals for that start in 2 months so its back to the grind of practise, lessons and coachings. I just hope that the jet lag doesn't catch me out too much this week!
We are now at our last port of call in India. We have arrived into Porbandar with local musicians greeting passengers as they disembarked for their morning excursions. I had a little dance on the top deck much to the amusement of the people on shore! I have decided to stay on the ship as I desperately need to do some admin and practise before our third concert this evening. It is so tempting just to sunbathe, swim and relax while here on Minerva but I have many exciting projects to practise for when i get back that I need to do some work!!
The fundraising concert is going so well. We have already raised over £800 for Headlines and there is still over a week to go before the big day. Marie Soulier at OperaPourUnSalon has been absolutely amazing while I have been on board and I cannot thank her enough for all the hard work and commitment for this concert. Sadly our soprano Roseanne Havel has had to pull out of the concert but we are delighted that mezzo soprano Chole De Becker has been able to step in at the last minute.
So as I enter into the last few days here onMinerva I am going to make the most of our next 2 days at sea to do some good practise and really start looking at Norina which is a mere 2 months away! after today we will be heading to Fujirah in the United Arab Emirates before our final destination of Muscat in Oman.
I have finally stepped into Indian soil. And what a great feeling it was. We arrived into the port of Tutticorin early this morning. I went on an excursion visiting a couple of churches (we even managed to belt out a hymn in one) and a stunning Hindu Temple. For me though watching the local people go about their daily lives was the most fascinating thing about the day. People out shopping and working and they were all so intrigued by us. Cows and goats roam the motorways and roads like stray dogs and cats and nobody bats an eyelid!! There is definitely no such thing as health and safety here!
We had many people waving and smiling at us as we drove to each venue. They were so friendly and welcoming. A real contrast to living in London where people are afraid to even look you in the eye. At our final stop where we had refreshments and local food and we were greeted with gifts of a necklace made out of tiny shells and each of us had our forehead marked with a bindi. We then headed back to Minerva for lunch and after leaving port we had our first rehearsal for our concert on Sunday. The Captain has his welcome Gala this evening so I'm now going to go up on deck and enjoy the sunshine before getting ready.
Next stop is Kochi!!! :)
Georgina Rosanna Murray is a Soprano from Manchester.