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‘I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy’

Hello one and all! Another week brings yet another blog from yours truly, and what a week it’s been. As promised in my last blog, I will give you all the low down on the Music Society ball from Sunday evening as well as keeping you up to date with how rehearsals are going for the end-of-year University concert on Thursday evening.

So. The Music Society Ball. I’m currently scrolling down the synonyms tool on Microsoft to find words which come close to describe how much of an incredible night the ball was, but alas I am failing. As the secretary of the Music Society committee it was so rewarding to see all our hard preparations over the past months come together so beautifully on Sunday evening. Initial plans for the Ball began way back before Christmas where we discussed possible dates, venues and themes. However it wasn’t until January where these ideas began coming into fruition where we finally found a date everyone could do and agreed that a ‘Great Gatsby’ theme ball was definitely the most exciting theme. For such a lavish and glamorous evening, we felt there was only really one place in Cardiff that would fit the bill- the Hilton. After weeks of advertising, payments, deposits, organising seating arrangements, food choices, bands, etc, etc. Sunday 6th April finally arrived and I think it’s more than fair to say we pulled it off! Beginning with a champagne reception accompanied by an amazing jazz band whilst poker tables were dotted around the entrance, the evening of glitz and glamour had truly taken off. We then took our seats in the grand ballroom where we ate, mingled and boogied! It was here we then presented the awards for the evening, where I was responsible for presenting the ‘Best couple of the year’ award. After many drinks, photos, laughs and the best company going, the ball eventually came to a close but it was so tremendously satisfying to see all our hard work pay off.

Of course rehearsals are stepping up a gear ready for the concert in St David’s Hall on Thursday evening (please come and watch!) where the Symphony chorus are singing Strauss’ rarely performed work Wandrers Sturmlied, which is sounding amazing. I believe the Symphony Orchestra are playing Berlioz’s mammoth  Symphonie Fantastique as well as Liszt’s Totentanz with lecturer Professor Kenneth Hamilton making his debut with the University orchestra. All of which guarantees a very exciting and action-packed evening.

Well that’s it for this week folks! Stay tuned for next week’s blog where I’ll be writing about the final week of semester, the end of year concert and one of the highlights of the Uni calendar – Varsity!

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