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Competition Day...

Ah, what a difference a day makes! :)

We got up this morning to bits of blue amongst the clouds, which immediately made things better...got some breakfast, then got ready with concert makeup & hair, had about an hour-long rehearsal, then left on the bus back to Llangollen...we arrived at noon, supposedly needing to be backstage at 1:10 to compete, but they were running late, so we had some time for me to annoy people up close with my videocamera while we were waiting..."Are you ready?" etc, etc...hey, gotta capture the moment! ;) We were allowed one video pass, so I passed my camera to Kevin, Kristin's husband, and he taped our competition performance for us...thanks Kevin!

So, the tension mounts...there were originally 10 choirs including us, then 9, then one Ukrainian choir had to back out at the last minute for some unknown reason, but we were always scheduled last, so we didn't get to hear the other choirs in our category. Probably just as well for nerves' sake, actually. Once we finally got onstage, everything went flawlessly! I was not the only one who felt that we really did give the performance of our lives...we did the best we ever have at all 3 pieces, and we have no regrets...it was quite a rush, and the audience absolutely loved the Karlsens at the end...

We had to wait about half an hour before the results, so as we were walking towards the food tent to get our free sandwiches, we were approached by several strangers who complimented us nicely...all our supporters who have heard every concert on tour agreed with us that we did our absolute best...

For the adjudication, they read off all the judges commentary in choir performance order, then the point scores for each piece, before announcing the winners. Waiting until the end for our commentary and scores was excruciating! I hadn't been nervous before, but as I was filming our commentary, my hand was starting to shake too much to keep it zoomed in on the judge! By the comments compared to the other comments, we thought we might have it...

Alas, as the points were read out, we knew we had missed first place by a single point...argh! The Swedish choir who has won about 10 international competitions won first place, but we did have the highest single score with 95/100 for the Karlsens (Vidu!), which we've been told is almost unheard of...

I just heard that Nathania watched the entire webcast (sorry I didn't know it was to be webcast until we were backstage when I saw the cameras and the link on a poster - darn!), including performances and the adjudication with comments, and she thinks we were robbed...ah well...

Now the Llangollen library is closing, so I'll have to leave...probably next time I can post will be Oxford on Sunday...

Until next time...
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