QUOTE(Alison @ Jun 25 2012, 03:01 PM)
If something does go terribly wrong with the recorder part - eg the candidate forgets to come in at the beginning - don't be afraid to make confident decisions like "let's start that again". Much better to have one false start than to muddle through all upset, but the candidate won't have the confidence to say it.
I did that with a grade 8 singer, pupil of mine. He came in (I think) a beat or a bar early, and quick as a flash I messed up the piano part and said "Oh, I'm terribly sorry! that was my fault" and we started again. There was no comment about it on the mark sheet, in fact quite a good mark.
I remember accompanying the same singer in a festival doing Faure's Clair de Lune, and adding and missing beats all over the place - the adjudicator couldn't have known the song very well, becasue she said to him "you are most accurate in everything you do"