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Andrew Giddings' Diary - October 2002
Hello dear friends,
Who would have thought that October would be upon us so quickly? After another year of touring I now find myself in the heart of the English countryside with time to reflect and relax. Actually, relaxing is hard work in itself when you're not used to it.
Anyway, what a fun time we had in Italy with the L'Orchestra del Teatro
What happened? Did I black out?
So, Parma is a great city for a city, and the Teatro Regio was in the
centre surrounded by piazzas and churches and all manner of great coffee
The next day was quite sunny and ideal for scouting out the town for
a few hours before more rehearsal and the concert that evening. The difference
between our orchestral outings and the Tull gig is the sheer terror of
walking out onto a stage that is fully lit and full of real musicians
with sheet music in front of them, and that you can see every member
of the audience as if they were in your living room.
We were lucky though to have the same orchestra for both the Parma and Cesena concerts and I watched with envy and admiration as they effortlessly sawed and tootled their way through the sheet music, often making notes for themselves as they played. My neighbours on stage, the Cellists, were turning the pages with their bows between bars, and didn't once complain about my keyboard amplifier being almost under their feet. The next day it was off to Cesena.
A two hour drive brought us to Cesena where the venue was significantly
different to the Teatro in as much as it seemed to be a sportshall of
some kind that had been fitted with some acoustic panels, that didn't
really work! During rehearsals we had some issues with monitoring each
other in a wash of echo and confusion that unfortunately plagued us during
the concert aswell. It was a great show all the same - Snr. Griminelli
played correctly the missing passage of the previous evening, and I didn't!
Grrrrrrr! Apologies to all who
Another huge dinner rounded off our visit, so equally huge Thank Yous to Aldo, Giorgio, Alberto, Sergio for their expert organization/driving/dinners. Also a special thanks to Francesca the Cellist who got the whole orchestra to sign my poster :-)
Back home then as I languish in my robe I spare a thought for my buddy Kit Morgan who accompanied us on our Italian trip and the guys who are currently in rehearsal for the 'Rubbing Elbows' tourette. I will indeed be sorry not to see you all this time around but I know you'll enjoy the guys and I'm sure you'll look after them like you do me :-)
Will you look at the time? I have to get out of my robe and get some work done in the studio. Take care one and all, and next time I see you I'll be rested and ready for action, albeit a little older!
Volvo Volvo Volvo Volvo Volvo. Volvo.
Bye for now,
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