We had the pleasure of playing at a place called the Zambesi Lodge, today. We were simply invited to rehearse there, seeing that we have a large ensemble going. And so we did.
What a lovely venue! I wish I’d taken pictures… my mind wasn’t on blogging. With some luck we’ll be invited to play there for weddings and functions – birthday parties etc.
We kicked off with the 3rd Brandenburg concerto. I’m linking to a youtube rendition to give you an artist’s impression – trust me we don’t sound like that yet! (also we are not an orchestra but a chamber ensemble with 8 players.)
We then tried out a new piece, by a Barber (no not the kind that cuts your hair). Somehow, some people find something special in it… myself, frankly, it puts me to sleep and the only thing that keeps me awake is the counting and the fact that due to our third violin not being there today I had to pick up her voice as well as mine and play double-stops all the way. It’s such a slow piece that even with double-stops it really is no challenge. Hey, but maybe my taste stinks. I might warm to the piece yet.
The last piece we played, is the Mendelssohn octet. A truly gorgeous piece of music, I think I posted a Youtube link before, it reminds in places of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by same composer (though I think it is even better).
The people who own the lodge, spoilt us terribly. When we arrived there was coffee/tea, a la self-help with urn and all. When we took our break, there were freshly baked scones, and when we finished, cappucino muffins also fresh from the oven. The lady had made the word “Welcome” and a whole lot of music notes out of white chocolate, for us to eat. (Which we didn’t, I sometimes really don’t understand this “maturity” thing. If it had been a young ensemble of twenty-somethings, not a single choc would have survived.)
In short it was wonderful.