Tuesday, 18 July 2017
My day begins with someone else's musical needs. My son needs some help with a Beethoven Sonatina so I spend some time cajoling and encouraging him. Mother/son practise relationship intact (just).
After dropping him at school and the younger child at childcare I whisk myself to Bendigo for a few days of chamber music with Orchestra Victoria's Bendigo Festival. Listening to Strauss' Salome in the car makes the trip quick.
First stop, the Bendigo TAFE library Reading Room resplendent with Victorian dome. We perform a simple Schubert String Trio, made more meaningful by the Cambodian refugees who've been invited to this concert and who sit, beanies on, looking a bit cold on this crisp morning.
Next, I catch up with a Uni student from Monash who is living in Bendigo and give her a quick technique lesson back at the hotel. Schaller Studio give me use of their artists' conference room to hear some scales and arpeggios.
A quick nap and then we drive in the minibus to Elmore Memorial Hall, where for a gracious crowd we perform some Strauss - the chamber sextet from his Capriccio and my current favourite party piece, Rossini's Duo for Cello and Double Bass with good mate Stuart Riley. Here's a photo.