Yesterday saw me push some other boundaries a little, in the shape of doing a paid singing job.
My choral experience is moderately substantial, and I could argue that its being hitherto unpaid is only due to the different musical traditions and general fiscal situations of the Anglican and Non-conformist churches. Nonetheless it’s a step into another world to start putting myself forward as deserving of a fee, even for an octet doing a memorial service in a parish church.
In that sense then, even a fairly poorly paid job of little musical challenge becomes deeply satisfying to me simply in terms of pulling it off, the immediate client being grateful and one of my colleagues being surprised at my describing myself as not mainly or really a ‘professional singer’.
Here’s to the next singing job, and may they contribute some consolidation to my finances …