We’re over half way and what a festival it is! I should be in Dunster already for today’s barrage of recitals – song/clarinet; Carducci Quartet with Jayson Gillham; Imogen Cooper (no less) in the evening. I felt, however, that five minutes spent writing a blog would be a good idea. Anyhow, I need a small break in the conveyor belt of concerts to collect what grey cells remain.
We have amassed 20 events so far with 13 to go. The Box Office phone hasn’t stopped ringing, tickets have been selling at speed and all the concerts have been an amazing success. Of them all so far, the one that sticks out in my mind is the one on Saturday in Exeter Cathedral. Agata Szymczewska’s utterly astonishing playing of the Bruch violin concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan under the baton of brilliant young Israeli conductor Gad Kadosh was quite extraordinary. Sometimes one reads about concerts that have excelled themselves beyond expectation and you know that its description has gone over the top. On this occasion it happens to be true, with every member of the audience in agreement with me.
The church service on Sunday was most moving. The sermon given by the Dean of Exeter Cathedral, Dr Jonathan Draper, focused on the gift of music and how it can have a profound effect on all aspects of life. It truly was inspirational.
We have already received some letters of appreciation, which have inspired even greater passion in what we do and even if we’re dead on legs by the end, never mind. On which note, I really had better hit the day and gear up for spending the day in the gloriously picturesque village of Dunster with its superb (and acoustically excellent) church.