Former All Blacks captain Anton Oliver is on tour with the NZSO this week as their guest narrator in the classic tale "Peter and the Wolf". Check in each day for an update on where they are and what he and the band are up to.
What a relief! I've got the first performance under my belt.
I was pretty nervous to be honest as I'd only had two rehearsals and while there was an improvement between both of them - Wednesday and Thursday - I still had a long way to go.
But after spending all of Friday and Saturday morning
listening to a downloaded version of the music, I got to a place where I felt I was in the ballpark!
The concert seemed to go by in a flash. I was really impressed with the Wellington crowd, they seemed to be engaged in the story throughout - which was great for me to get that positive feedback while I was delivering the text - and they were also very generous with their applause.
So now my attention turns to going south - going home.
It's funny, every time I fly into Auckland it feels great to be back, and then when I fly over the Cook Strait another level of exhilaration takes place.
And it's only when I cross the braided waters of the Waitaki that I finally feel like I'm where I feel most comfortable: in the deep south!
The journey south starts we me going to Blenheim today to speak to my old school, Marlborough Boys' College.
Then I'm flying on to Dunedin. I'm arriving in Dunedin a day earlier than the full orchestra as I've got friends who I haven't seen for a long time and want to spend as much time catching up with them as I can.
I'm looking forward to spending some time on tour getting to know the members of the orchestra.
Up until now I haven't really had the time to get to know them. It's been a matter of turning up, waiting for them to finish rehearsing the other two pieces, and then I'm on stage to do my thing.
Now that the first show is done, I know what to expect, and I know that I can do it, I'm really looking forward to the performances down south and taking 'Tall Tales and Tangos' to people there - I know they'll enjoy it!
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