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Blog posts and interviews with Heloise
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We asked Heloise a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? Almost five. My older brother had to learn the violin as part of the school music program. I still remember begging to learn too. I don’t remember if it was wanting to do everything he did, the sound of the violin or a combination of the two that led to this. Possibly the former. He’d given it up within a couple of years and taken up piano instead.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Most likely hanging out in the kitchen near the fridge/pantry looking for a snack and making a cup of tea/coffee. Then there’s always those piles of books to read! And the piles of chocolate to eat from my students. Andy gallantly helps me out with this quest.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Usually a sensible water backstage and then I’m onto the sparkling.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? The programme either needs to be short enough so there could be no interval and that’s the end of the concert or the usual format of a longer concert with an interval. I like the idea of both. Some times you’re up for a long concert and other times a short quick concert is fabulous. When I do say long I mean within reason though – no use flogging the audience just because they’re there. Obviously certain genres are excluded. I think we’ve all been to concerts of the same length but due to programming and performance they feel completely different.
- When should we clap? Tough one. I change my mind about this all the time. I guess it’s the same as the movies – are you one of those people who doesn’t mind others calling out comments to the screen or clapping during scenes in the movie. It depends doesn’t it? It can be great, it can be not so great. When something’s exciting and fun explosions of applause can add to the energy of it all. I just find it hard as a audience member when someone claps straight away without a moments thought after an emotional piece especially of the melancholy type. That’s me though – I like a bit of time to soak it up and then clap.
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