A Letter from Marberg
Dear Mum and Dad
I have just got back from a busy few days away, and have now come back for a rest
My german speaking skills are a little bit to be desired, well actually they are non-existent, but I did learn how to say cheers, good morning, good evening and thank you. Everyone speaks english and everyone made us so welcome.
We (the Huntingdon Music School) went to Marburg-Biedenkopf, there was 22 of us playing. We left at 2.45 am from Huntingdon on the Thursday by coach, taking our instruments with us. I am glad I only have a flute to look after, Martin had to look after a double bass! We went via the Ferry and took all day to get to Bad Endbach, Bruxelles was the worst stretch of road, there were road works and traffic jams. We stayed in a B&B, which was nice. I had my own room overlooking the garden. Breakfast was meats and bread, there was no porridge :(.
The first night (Thursday) we played at Marburg, it was a cool evening and we played in the market square of the town, along with other performers. We were the only orchestra that went along. We wore black tops and black skirts or trousers. I noticed that everyone else wore national costumes and were singing and dancing, their costumes were really nice and a lot of effort had gone into the dresses.
Friday we did not play but went to shopping and in the afternoon and visited Griefenstein Castle. We saw the ‘world bells’ there, it was interesting to hear how they managed to keep the bells a secret, others would have wanted to melt them and make canons. There was a medieval festival taking place and we tried honey ale. There was also old fashioned ice cream, which was nice, not too dissimilar from nowadays.
On Saturday afternoon we played at Kirchhain, we played the same music. We played in a different order but we had a different audience. The weather was hot, very sunny, (I borrowed a hat and used some sun cream), my hands were sweaty and my flute was hot, I didn’t enjoy it. I think we played really well and this was our best concert, we really got the audience joining in, thanks to our bus driver I think.
On Sunday it was our day to introduce the performance, we played a marching tune, I can’t remember the name (we have given back all the music) – Prince Williams March?), we also played Jaguar, another marching piece of music. The audience were not so willing to join in with us, it wasn’t the same as the day before.
The other pieces that we played were ‘Shepherds Hey’ English Morris Dance, Fantasy on an Irish Clogging Tune, English sea song suite: The saucy arethusa, Farewell and adieu (spanish ladies), Tom Bowling and Jack’s the lad (the sailor’s hornpipe), you will recognise two of the pieces from the Last night of the proms. We didn’t get the same response from our crowd and there was no-one with a horn!
It was a good experience, it was nice to go and play as an orchestra.