I am starting to plan a recital, the first since my "come-back", and have a few questions about the etiquette of amateur recitals. A) Is there even any etiquette for such a thing? I will probably do this in my Church. I initially wondered about paying the pianist or not, but on reflection I decided that I should. After showing her the part, she looked at me and said "That is really a hard piano part...I am not sure about this...". Then she looked at the score with this odd expression...the kind of expression that says "it's you against me...YOU LOSE!" Sat down, rattled off a couple of passages, then said "I'll do it". (I guess you need to know her...very small, soft spoken women....but when it comes to music absolutely REFUSES to back down from a challenge!). Anyway, I wouldn't feel right asking her to put in this much practice time for nothing. What other things should I be thinking about? For information: Audience: Primarily friends, family and members of our community band. Although I will have some advertisements in the local paper, I doubt many of the locals will show up.