Well, THAT was fun too! Thank you to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, for hiring recorder players to play the recorder parts written in John Williams’s score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azbakan! Judging by the scribblings in the part I received, these parts are usually attempted by flutists who don’t think there’s much recorder music harder than Three Blind Mice…
Three live-to-projection shows with the orchestra at Toronto’s Sony Centre, for three full houses – the closest I’m ever going to get to screaming fans! Thanks also to conductor Jeffrey Schindler, and to John Williams for some great music.
Toronto Bach Festival, thanks for the opportunity to play two of the Brandenburg Concertos with some great colleagues, and for a warm, enthusiastic audience!
Many thanks to the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for the fun we had with A Recorder Romp, and to all the folks who came out to hear us despite some pretty inhospitable winter weather! I had a great time preparing, rehearsals were great, and sharing the program with the audiences was a joy. Telemann, Vivaldi and some van Eyck – truly cheerful music, perfect for the middle of February.
BAROQUE WANDERERS, Part 2: Last summer my partner Colin and I hosted a Baroque-music-themed trip to northern Germany – Halle, Leipzig and Berlin – to hear some fantastic concerts and soak up the beautiful architecture, galleries and museums, good food…We had a great time with eighteen enthusiastic music lovers (and Taylor the service dog!). NEWS FLASH – we’re doing it again in August 2018, but this time to Bruges (Belgium), Amsterdam and Naestved (Denmark)! If you’re interested in hearing more and perhaps joining us, write to our travel agent William Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.