Recently I saw a question on someone's blog - "Have you ever sung in public?"
I was always in the school choir when I was young, so I did so frequently, but the question brought to mind one particular time when I had to sing solo in front of the whole school and students' parents.
I was eight years old, I was at junior school and I was crowned Rose Queen.
I was so proud! It was a great honour to be chosen to be Rose Queen, an annual event held in May. I got to wear the Rose Queen Crown, a pink taffeta dress covered in lace and decorated with rosebuds, a satin train embroidered with seed pearls and carry a bouquet of roses. Parents had to provide the dress, everything else was provided by school. Luckily I had recently been a bridesmaid at a family wedding so the dress I'd worn for that was just perfect and of course I had shoes to match.
I had weeks of rehearsals when my four attendants, two page boys and I practised walking along the red carpet to the dias where I was to be crowned. The page boys scattered rose petals in front of me whilst my attendants carried my train. I had to learn the traditional song and a speech, both of which I had to deliver at the closing of the crowning ceremony - I can't remember either of them now but it was a loooooong time ago!
Mum was there to see me (Dad had to work) and as far as I can remember everything went perfectly. The following year I had hand my crown over to the new Rose Queen, so of course I got another fancy dress but thankfully I didn't have to sing solo.
Have you every sung solo in front of an audience?