I really enjoyed your playing Willobie
. Please don't beat yourself up over the bits that you wish had gone better. I bet everyone of us who played could point out mistakes that we made - breathing in strange unplanned places for a start as far as I was concerned
. The more opportunities you find to get up & play in front of the people the more able you will be to cope when you do get a shaky bow arm. Another time it might not happen at all but if it does you have to remind yourself that you can play despite it.
Sometimes when I play my flute in front of an audience (or an examiner
) my mouth dries up completely. It's really scary because I feel as though I'm not going to be able to get any notes out at all....I was lucky & it didn't happen yesterday, but when it does happen I tell myself that I can keep playing. I think the performer is far more critical of themselves than the audience is...