Tales from recent travels Tue, Mar 15, 2011
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I am being kept out of mischief with plenty of festivals to adjudicate at as well as mentoring at regional festivals for the National Festival of Music for Youth.
Just before the first festival at the South Bank Centre in London, I was in Glasgow, showing staff and some undergraduates at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music how to work with Stringbabies. It was a super time; I was made to feel very welcome.
Upon my return, it was straight up to Surrey as the Surrey Arts Stringbabies project there was being inspected! Feedback from that occasion has been immensely encouraging and the fact that 3 schools are now involved, with a 4th on the way just testifies to the success of it all.
Last weekend I was working at another festival and a young man performed for us on a particularly lovely sounding cello. When I asked about the instrument I was told that it was the great Jacqueline du Pre’s childhood cello! I was kindly allowed to have a play and gave an impromptu performance of ‘The Swan’. The sound was unbelieveable. What a privilege & treat that was!