Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark!

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A Night at the National Concert Hall

I joined the Rathfarnham Concert Band in September.   I play the flute.  We practice in St. Mary’s Primary School.  But last Tuesday evening, 29th November, instead of regular practice, we boarded buses awaiting us, outside the school.  We were headed for town; our destination was the National Concert Hall!

When we arrived, we assembled our instruments and had a final rehearsal.  We were told to double check our uniforms for perfection: dark trousers (and socks), black shoes, a white shirt and a crested tie.  We walked on stage again at 7.55pm for the real thing.

From the stage I spotted my family in the audience.  They were beaming proudly and waving vigorously, though I could barely make eye-contact as performers were under strict instruction to act professionally, and certainly no waving down to brothers or sisters!

At 8pm the concert began.  The Junior Band played five songs, mostly with a Christmas theme.  During the interval we could mingle with family in the foyer.  I was starving!  A quick snack, and back in to the auditorium – this time as the audience!  The show finished at 10.15pm.  We headed home tired, but well entertained.

Saul O’Connell, Mr Gibbons (Rang VI)