Recently Rachael Forsyth and I played a gig outdoors at the beginning of December. It was freezing cold! Here are some of my top tips for playing in the cold…
- Warm, winter clothes offer no protection at all – wear a space suit
- Wearing a balaclava may keep you warm, but it will scare the audience
- Your hands will freeze to the keys/strings of your instrument thus making you look and sound stupid
- Leaping around will not keep you warm, you’ll just freeze in mid air
- If the audience are very still, they’ve probably frozen solid… Check to see if they are breathing, if not dial 999
- Your bum will freeze to the freezing cold metal chair that you’re sitting on, this makes leaving the stage with any dignity impossible
- The saxophonist will complain bitterly about tuning before/during/after the gig. Its freezing and you’re outdoors, there’s nothing you can do about it
- You will be able to see your breath and your nose will run – attractive!
- Hot drinks won’t help, the cold will just make you want to wee more
- The audience do really appreciate what you do, so freezing to death is worth it!
Leighton Buzzard Christmas Festival – Sunday 2nd Dec 2012 at 2.30pm. Leighton Buzzard High St, Bedfordshire.
Helen Sanderson White performing with Rachael Forsyth