Well – the feast is over and what a feast…. There was more than strength in numbers last Saturday night – there was considerable magic, not to mention sleight of fingers and tongues.
In the Chiefs’ dressing-room after the fray, we three were honestly amazed and not a little awed at what had taken place under our very noses, and that from non (or semi in very few instances) professional players – and those poor souls jammed tighter than in any self-respecting Tokyo subway car. There was more glorious sound than we could have hoped for, but as well came copious amounts of the most memorable pianissimos which personally I would certainly have wagered against achieving – the hardest side to playing any instrument.
I do so hope that most of the people on stage left the building feeling as I did, which was immensely proud – no other word for it – of what we had all achieved together with the very minimum of rehearsal as a complete orchestra, so to speak.
All I can say to the Berlin Phil is eat your heart out. My enormous admiration to everyone, and very sincere thanks for an Enigma which I shall remember with fondness.
Congratulations to all who took part in the Bach concerts this past weekend. Special thanks to BC Hydro who finally made it all possible after a seating rehearsal on Sunday which was spattered with power outages. Continue reading
The battle is over and well won. We cast away the swords and rest awhile in the gentle sun – once more. And once more I think we are all taking justified satisfaction in the glowing results of our efforts. Continue reading