Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

It’s unusual for us to be touring in the US during the summer months, but delightful to be surrounded by warm sunshine and the relaxed feel that July concerts bring.

Summer festivals have always been a delightful part of touring. As opposed to winter concerts (which often feel like a gathering of people taking refuge in music from the cold, wild weather outside) summer concerts take on a more languid, contented feel. From the start of the rehearsal to the end of the concert, all is well and the world is in balance.

Last night we performed for the second time at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona, MN. We were last there at the second incarnation of the festival, back in 2008, and it’s wonderful to see how it thrives and grows each year. In attendance yesterday was Dale Warland, one of the true American greats of the choral world, and it was a treat to chat with him after the show and discuss music-making.

We are minded that this is David’s last touring patch in the US, and we’re expecting many friends to join us to wish him well and talk over some memories of his time in the group. For us, his colleagues, this is a time to listen to stories and get as much out of our last month with him; 26 years’ worth of experience is not easily replicated. As far as the US is concerned, he’ll go out with a bang, performing in front of 23,000 people in Salt Lake City. Not a bad way to go…


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