October 19, 2014
After quite an eventful morning, which involved buying coffee and water (forgetting I was booked in first class!), spilling the coffee and the water all over myself on the train, I finally got to Thirsk, where I was welcomed with a huge hug from a very dear friend, Mr Merriam. Sowerby Music is one of the friendliest music societies around- they always welcome their artists with tons of delicious food and happy chattering, making us feel part of the family. Miss Stirling made the yummiest gluten and dairy free biscuits and cakes, which set the theme for a very happy day. Sowerby Music has invited me on numerous occasions to play in their beautiful St Oswaldss church.
My first ever Elgar Quintet was in Sowerby with the brilliant Elias Quartet. Another performance was a celebration concert for Mark Ray, my dear teacher at the RNCM, who passed away in 2006. The concert last night was their 302nd. Last time I was there was in 2012, which was no 280! The audience in Yorkshire is wonderful, very enthusiastic and appreciative. And open to new repertoire! You could hear a pin drop in the 24 Shostakovich Preludes. One lady remembered my dress from 8 years ago. She remembered it was made by my Mum! And as usual, I practiced in the little piano hut, that looks as if taken from a fairy tale.