This weekend Harmonie Concert Band is performing at the Basildon Towngate Theatre, celebrating 40 years of making music in the community.
I have blogged extensively here about how music has helped me to gain my health again, not least because it gave me something to focus on.
At the moment I am practicing about an hour a day for the concert, as well as studying for my grade 5 music theory exam, which is a whole blog post in and of itself. I love seeing and hearing how I am improving.
I realised yesterday during our last rehearsal before we sit on stage, that I now actually have a good position when I am playing the flute. I am able to sit upright and hold myself in the correct position. I wasn’t able to do this when I first started over a year ago, I could only slouch down and it very much looked like I was being pulled over by my flute. Which I was. I could barely make it through half a rehearsal.
I now have decent strength in my body again, as well as the energy (and lack of pain) to make it through a full rehearsal without it utterly draining me.
When you have a chronic illness it is easy to lose track of how far you have come and last night was a real revelation for me. I am well again. Yes, I still need to use a wheelchair if I am running a workshop all day, or I am out all day long, but I have a really good life. I go to tai chi and have a daily yoga practice, both of which have contributed to my strength immensely.
I love playing in the band, it gives me something to look forward to each week and I have made friends there who I see outside of the band too. Being self employed and working from home, it is nice to have a weekly meeting with people!
Playing music in a group is a wonderful thing, not only has my physical health improved, but my flute playing abilities have as well.
So, come along to the concert this weekend it’s on Saturday. Book tickets and find out more here.