Libby Crawley is a choral scholar at Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge. Last year, she volunteered to assist the Festival Team, and we’re delighted (and more than a little relieved) that she’s brave enough to want to do so again! Here, she explains what she has gained from the experience:
“Being a lover of choral music, bored out of my wits in the post-exam void that was last summer and really keen to try something new and exciting, participating in the Voices of London festival was a really inspiring and informative experience for me. I was lucky to be able to get involved over lots of different spheres of the festival – taking part in Ralph Allwood’s workshop, in a performance itself and also helping out behind the scenes with a couple of concerts. This above all gave me the unique opportunity to be exposed to all aspects of the task of musical performances, really increasing my understanding of the sheer amount of work that goes into making such wonderful events a reality!
Whilst I was mainly helping out with the concerts themselves, helping with programmes and ticketing and, of course, inevitably pouring wine in the intervals, the experience offered so much more and during the course of the festival I was able to meet and chat with the musicians and was given tickets to watch the concerts themselves, without which opportunity I would still be woefully unaware of such incredible pieces as Harvey’s Passion and Resurrection, which was exquisitely performed on the last night of the festival in 2014.
All in all, I would say that it was positively a highlight of my summer and am really keen to take part as much as I can in 2015, and most of all would certainly recommend participation or simply coming to watch for any students who find themselves free in June – it is a really exciting, hands on experience that not only enriched my understanding of the choral world and opened my eyes to previously unknown composers and works, but also to the extraordinary time and effort that is put in by those who work so tirelessly to produce it!”