26 September 2012

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Wednesday, 26th September 2012

And so we've come to the end of our visit to Austria. We will leave with very sad hearts tomorrow. Markus, Judith, their family and friends are just the most wonderful people and we do hope that they will find the time to come and visit us in Port Elizabeth soon!

This morning we started our day at the Hellbrunn Palace, where the Prince Bishop of 400 years ago (it is too late at night to remember his name) had a wicked sense of humour and some wonderful engineers. He created a garden filled with all sorts of trick fountains and beautiful grottos, where his poor guests were, time and time again, soaked to the skin. The surprises had the children running for the hills and Mr Van Zyl nearly apoplectic at the thought of wet choristers and a concert to follow!

Our trip through the garden was followed by a brief look at the inside of the palace and a short performance in the 10th room. The kids loved the acoustics. From there on to the Salzburger Dom, where we gave an impromptu performance that was very much appreciated by all the visitors. We even sold a few CD's. This was followed by some serious shopping and most of us took a walk past the house in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.

We were welcomed tonight by the Vox Cantibile Choir (Judith is a member), who sang two beautiful songs (one African) from the back of the church. Our part of the concert wasthe best yet on tour and  I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes AND have the video to prove that the (third) standing ovation carried on for more than two minutes after the choir left the church!

Let us hope that they remember to pack EVERYTHING before they say goodbye tomorrow morning!

Lionel's quote of the day: 'If they continue to sing like they did tonight, he might even start to like them...'

Salzburg - 26 September 2012

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