I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas and New Year. I am back from my adventure in Paris and am enjoying the NZ summer weather. Vicki and I went for our first swims of the season at Takapuna beach this afternoon. The water was perfectly still and it wasn’t too cold either!
In Paris, Vanessa and I were very well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed being apart of a French family (okay, so they did all speak perfect American as well…but it was heaps of fun!). We went for bike rides along the Seine, went to concerts, local markets and explored the castle and grounds of St-Germain-en-Laye and Chateau de Vincennes. Our chamber music and orchestral concerts/rehearsals went really well. We made lots of friends among the players. Highlights of the trip were…
1) Attending an evening soirée in the Marais where people informally performed while others ate, drank, talked and listened.
2) The string quartet was in a wine cellar! The acoustics were great and a lot of fun was had after while we mingled and ate delicious nibbles.
3) Of course, it goes without saying that hearing my piece performed and rehearsed was a definite highlight. The conductor Elizabeth Askren was thorough and patient in getting everything to sound just right.
Back to reality now – I’m working on my CMNZ commission which is going really well!