18 September 2008

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Thursday, 18th September 2008

And here we are on our way to Finland already! It is unbelievable how time flies when you’re having fun! The Würzburgers have definitely shifted the benchmark to almost unattainable heights where hosting is concerned and we hope to continue our relationship on both continents long into the future.

Yesterday morning the choir had a long rehearsal, part of which was in the cathedral. Technically this was a really difficult performance for us as the accoustics are VERY different from anything most of our children have ever encountered. In addition, the organ is situated out of sight of the choir and conductor. Communication is through a microphone and camera, but Prof. Troskie did not take long to figure out what to do.

After the rehearsal they had shopping time before spending the afternoon with their hosts. Judging from the weight of their backpacks, shopping was definitely good!

In the afternoon we attended a function, in our honour, by the mayor of Würzburg. We entertained them with Sithi Alleluia and Tula Mama. We are absolutely blown away by the Würzburgers’ excitement and pleasure to have us.

A buffet in the cathedral’s cloister garden started our preparations for the evening’s concert. The concert was extremely well attended and very successful, even by the conductors’ very high standards.  The harp and cello accompaniment to Magnificat was beautiful and we so wish we could have recorded it, but it was not to be. It was wonderful to start the tour concert program with a standing ovation!

FINLAND, HERE WE COME!

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