We travelled from Strathpeffer to Findhorn on Saturday morning, about an hour's drive. Strathpeffer is home to a fabulous chocolate shop, where many SCO players could be found purchasing lovely chocolates! Soloist Alison and I indulged in a gooey hot chocolate mmm.
Last night we played in the Universal Hall at the Findhorn Foundation in Morayshire. The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community and ecovillage where they strive to create a positive and sustainable future. It's pretty relaxed and chilled out place!
And so it was that Robin Ticciati conducted the Orchestra in Strathpeffer Pavilion, a year after he made his debut with the SCO in this lovely venue. It was a hot evening, so we left all the patio doors down the side of the hall wide open, allowing Faure, Haydn, Berlioz and Poulenc to drift out into the village.
Talking to the audience during the concert, Robin said that Strathpeffer is particularly dear to him, as it was his very first concert with the SCO, and how nice it is to be back again with the band.
Here we are in Strathpeffer, north west of Inverness. The Pavilion is a lovely building, as you can see. Tonight we're expecting an audience of about 300; in fact there's only about 20 tickets left so come early if you're planning on attending.
Alasdair Nicolson, Lise Aferiat and Donnie Gillan are now half-way through our Education Tour of the Western Isles. Everyone arrived safely on Monday by air and ferry, and we arrived at The Nicolson Institute ready and rearing to go. Despite the security overload and the whole school going completely batty with the visit by Princess Anne we managed to start off our Composition Workshops with the visiting pupils from the Isle of Harris.