As a young soloist at church, I would turn to the congregation and stand in my spot at the rood screen and sing knowing that when I turned back to get in my spot, I would look at my dad in the bass section and get my wink.
That simple but effect endorsement is invaluable. I know that when our Embro Thistle Singers sings their families are often in attendance. When they come back afterwards, their comments on the concert are really important. Why else would we sing if not for our audiences?
The type of audience we have often dictates the music we choose. In the case of one international charity group, we were not allowed to sing about Christmas. It was explained that because they are represented in many countries with various belief systems, no Christmas references were allowed. Hmm. That was interesting.
Just as important are the audience members that you can ask for an evaluation. How did those last 3 chords in Over the Rainbow work? Too slow, too fast? Were the words clear? My mother always called that kind of look back a "post mortem". With my mum, it was often done over a cup of tea and some kind of "slushy" dessert. Oh yeah.
Appreciation of your audience is a key element. And when we work with the audience in mind, they pay us back with great support. Thanks to all of you who come to listen. You are what it is all about!