Our last few days in Coll flew by so incredibly quickly - so quickly in fact that we didn't have a chance to write before we left! We successfully jam-packed every day with practise, rehearsing, coaching, sharing wonderful meals with everyone and enjoying the beauty of Coll. On Friday and Saturday night as well as Sunday afternoon there were concerts with all of the groups performing a work that they had been working on that week. This was truly an amazing experience, not least because the audience was always so warm and welcoming, but also because we got hear and be inspired by the other groups' performances.
We also gave a young persons' workshop on Wednesday with the lovely Christina and Philip and an informal concert later on Sunday after a cup of tea and a slice of cake where we played Poulenc's Sextet with Victor from the Louko Piano Trio for the first time!
After one last dip in the sea, we all said our goodbyes on Monday and made our way back along the 500 mile road to London. Lucky for us that we were driving as there was a train strike as we had to get for Henry, Alice and Mary who were all graduating on Tuesday! We finally dropped everyone off at their front doors as the sun was rising in the early hours and, after a few hours sleep, everyone made safely it to graduation.
Before we sign off for the last time we wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you to the Tunnell Trust and everyone who was involved for such a fantastic course. We have come away feeling inspired and even more driven than before we left.
Thank you to Tim (absolute legend), Dickie, Charles, Michael for your incredible musicianship; to Jonathan for his impeccable organisation in making the whole course happen; to David for his sound workshop advice; to Carol, Heather and lovely Fergus for cooking delicious food for us all week; to the awesome film guys from High Viz Media; and last but not least to the talented Attard Zerafa Duo, Louko Piano Trio and Manon Quartet for sharing this wonderful week with us - it was great to meet you all!
Until next time,