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October 2004
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Special edition: The Latest Daily News for 2004 (unsorted)
Many thanks to our photographers:
Michael Latz, Christof Leuze, Jean-Pierre Lim & Catarina Zeh

Tue Sept. 14, 2004
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Lots of activity and lots of music during the last few days… Elisabeth writes out departure lists - Cole phones home (?) - Deborah buys music - Marte smiles (as always!) - our wonderful Baltic States Quartet rehearses - Nick instructs the winds and brass - Andreas introduces - Roy shyly smiles (although he played very well…) - the string teachers reward the musicians in the Grieg String Quartet with a CD - Kee Guan hears noises in his timpani - the banana trio goes bananas - how long is 5 bars/measures rest in the choir? - Rilling enjoys the sound of his solo quartet - and.. and the concert! Wonderful music-making and happy musicians allround. A five hour marathon finished just after 10pm and 300 hungry musicians and guests stormed to our local bar, the “Hospitalhof” for food and wine. Many familiar faces were there but also many of the Bachakademie staff from behind the scenes without whom such a project would not be possible. Our accounts department got into the internationality of it all with their special t-shirts! For the FCO members it was a last chance for group photos or partner shots until next year and although the party continued well into the early hours of Monday morning everybody has returned home on time and no planes or trains were missed!! For us at the Bachakademie it is sad not to have you here anymore (!!!!!!) and all we can do is to encourage you to apply in 2005. Thanks to all for taking part and making such wonderful music
Best wishes to you all from us all at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.

Thu Sept. 9, 2004
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Helmuth Rilling´s lecture concerts are a tradition here and held in great esteem by the Stuttgart public. So the full houses on Monday and Wednesday evening listened eagerly as Rilling and his guests explained aspects of the work and the FCO played the musical examples. There was also a late night FCO chamber concert on Tuesday with a colourful assortment of music on the program which finished off with a rousing tango from all the chorus! Preparations are well underway for our final concert on Sunday - a marathon which will start at 5pm and finish around 10pm!! Meanwhile look at the three videos of our latest performances (lecture concert, chamber music concert and - something completely different-) and check out the photos of our surroundings here in Stuttgart so you can get an idea of where we are and put a picture to the Liederhalle, the Hospitalhof and the other places that we use - some straightforward shots - others with a new perspective! Next and last update for 2004 will be on Tuesday evening (European time).

Mon Sept. 6, 2004
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There have been three concerts with the FCO since our last update - a lecture concert, a varied chamber music concert and a sold out performance of Bruckner´s 9th symphony and Te Deum. Download the video for extracts!! The photos show moments from the dress rehearsal, the concerts and the party afterwards. Yesterday the 38 Canadians in the FCO were treated to a tour of Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and a grill evening by their Honourary Consul Theo Schweiker. This is the fourth year running that the Canadian Consul in Stuttgart has organised such an excursion for the Canadians in the FCO and is proof of the excellent relations between the Bachakademie and Canada. Meanwhile, our webmaster organised his own grill party in his garden for members from the Baltic states and Russia. All are now prepared for our first lecture concert on Elijah tonight. Next update: Thursday.

Thu Sept. 2, 2004
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Although we are well settled in Stuttgart we still miss Lake Constance!! So here are a few shots of the last couple of days in Ueberlingen - our film show, the moon over the lake and the preparations for the last concert there. In Stuttgart the FCO live in four different hotels around the city so the only constant point of contact among everybody is in the Liederhalle where rehearsals and concerts take place. So that we don´t lose the friendships and good will built up during the first few weeks we have set up an evening bar called the "Hospitalhof" where the FCO members can meet after a concert. On the opening night we we greeted by a welcome ex FCO member from Canada. Elisabeth reads the music festival newspaper, Sabine teaches, the choir rehearses and the orchestra play chamber music. The videos include extracts from a timpani lesson, a wind ensemble rehearsal and the impromtu but highly successful Festival Choir recital evening in Salem. Who would have thought that we would be hearing Puccini as well? Next update: Monday

Mon August 30, 2004
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Photos of before, during and after our concert on Saturday in Salem. We played to a packed house with some very special guests who applauded the performance of Bruckner´s 9th symphony and his Te Deum. So much music making makes one feel hungry and on our return to the campus of Salem International College we were greated with a superb evening buffet meal by the kitchen staff of the college and later on treated to jazz with some FCO teachers showing their skills in other musical styles. The videos hopefully will give you an idea of the great atmosphere. Meanwhile we all safely arrived in Stuttgart yesterday (Sunday) and the musicians are gradually getting used to their new surroundings in the city. No one has got lost yet!! More news on Thursday.

Sat August 28, 2004
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Sorry! Our webcam will not be active anymore!! We hope you enjoyed the images from Salem College on the webcam but in Stuttgart we can´t show you anymore streaming images. We´ll take lots more photos as compensation!!

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The photos today are from the cameras of some of the FCO members (Johannes Läubin, Philip Holmes, Thomas Bieg & Hollie). Perhaps you could call it "an insiders" view of the life and the people here. Enjoy them! Today we have our first official concert of the Bruckner 9 and Te Deum and we will tell you all about the concert on Monday after we move up to Stuttgart on Sunday. Wish us luck and see you on Monday August 30!!!

Fri August 27, 2004
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On Thursday we held our now traditional concert at Salem International College - once again to a packed hall. Some 15 different pieces were played in a concert pot-pourri between orchestral chamber music and choral works. Download the video for a quick resumé!! The concert itself lasted close to 2 hours and gave a chance to the FCO members to shine musically. We were greeted by Dr. Bueb of Salem International College and our thanks to the College for hosting us during the past two weeks was given by Gernot Süssmuth. And it was an evening full of enthusiastic music making of high quality.....the photos show smiling performers and smiling faces afterwards as various celebratory parties were held over the campus and even the rain could not dampen the post concert euphoria!

Wed August 25, 2004
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Welcome back!! Despite our absence since Monday we´ve still been busy! Shots of the rehearsal this morning with full orchestra and some clues to what musicians do while they are waiting to go on stage..some catch a quick sleep, others read and some even practise! Our countryside photos show part of the path down from Spetzgart Castle to our main rehearsal rooms - most walk daily but other members of the FCO have brought their bikes with them....the journey may be quicker downhill but it´s tough biking back up!! Our schedule is full..look at the photo of our notice board with the rehearsal plans for today and tomorrow! But spirits are high inspite of the changeable weather and even those who have caught a bit of a cold and sore throat are giving their best. Nice shots of the sunset..check out the video for more sunset images (and some jumping Lithuanian musicians!) plus unexpected shots of Helmuth Rilling and our horn professor interpreting not music but the finer points of the internet!! (Additional photos by Karolin & Tobias)

Mon August 23, 2004
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Many decided to come on the boat trip on Lake Constance on Sunday. The photos really speak for themselves... shots of happy FCO members and teachers on the boat or hiking. The weather held for the day even though it was a bit chilly on the return trip. The video shows card and juggling skills from members and teachers... our musicians are not only only musically gifted! Our next update will be on Wednesday (or Thursday) with a bumper edition. Join us then!

Sat August 21, 2004
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The main topic of conversation today has been the weather... the temperature has dropped considerably with blustery winds. You probably wouldn´t think so from looking at the photos (although the video tells a different story) and included today is a "panorama" view of the buildings down in Härlen which you can safely download and navigate. The musical temperature, however, remains high with the choir rehearsing some smaller scale pieces while the orchestra gave (and is still giving) their all in Bruckner´s monumental 9th symphony. This morning we rehearsed the fragments of the 4th movement of the symphony for the first time. Webmaster Hollie took the outdoor photos whilst Karolin (who is spending a placement year working at the Bachakademie) made her photo debut by taking many of the indoor photos. Windy outside so lots of shots of wind and brass players!! Tomorrow is a free day and an excursion on Lake Constance is planned... cross fingers that the weather warms up and the sun shines!

Fri August 20, 2004
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Many portrait photos today - of humans and animals!! Plus another couple of picturesque shots of our surroundings taken at Spetzgart Castle which is where the vast majority of the FCO members live. Elijah was rehearsed today - firstly only by the choir and then together with the orchestra who spent the morning rehearsing Bartok, Gounod, Koetsier, Ibert and Weber for our chamber music concerts in Stuttgart in September. Most of the photos were taken during the rehearsal break this afternoon when the sun made its only appearance today so far. Time for a welcome breath of fresh air as you can imagine that the combined forces of 175 people singing and playing their hearts out in a not so large rehearsal hall uses up a lot of oxygen. The star of the video is Simba the dog..... but he doesn´t seem to be too interested in the proceedings.....

Thu August 19, 2004
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You will have noticed that we always include shots of animals in our daily reports - todays animal is one of the cows on the way from Härlen to Spetzgart. Wasps, however, are not welcome and various wasp nests were removed professionally this morning. Some ladies of the staff meanwhile welcomed two of our youngest associates (the children of our bassoon teacher) - all under the watchful eye of our webcam placed strategically in front of our office entrance. Marte celebrates becoming an aunt and Johannes stocks up on food. Several shots of the now regular afternoon volleyball games round off today´s report. Check the short video for contrasting rehearsal noises!!
All are well.......but the weather is threatening to rain.....(again.....)

Wed August 18, 2004
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Perhaps we should perform Beethovens Pastoral symphony here as we are in such an idyllic setting but as that´s not the case we´ll just publish some photos taken this morning of the surroundings where we work. Not bad!! During the break this morning Jean Claude Gérard consulted with his wife whilst Helmuth Rilling accompanied his coffee and cigar with the score of the Bruckner 9th symphony. We held the first tutti rehearsal of the Bruckner before lunchtime - a thrilling experience for all - and as I write I can hear the sounds of Mendelssohn´s Elijah coming from the rehearsal hall over the square to our office. Great weather today - so here some shots of what some FCO members do in the long lunchbreak - playing cards, receiving language tips, playing volleyball or simply taking a siesta. Click on our short video to hear and see a short extract of the orchestral rehearsal this morning.

Tue August 17, 2004
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The Horn group - all 9 of them is the largest group in the winds and brass and the noise they made startled this poor little mouse. Later on FCO members came to the first of our film evenings while Helmuth Rilling and wife were invited out by Baden-Württemberg´s Minister President. This morning started with the choir warm up program which you would never guess so from just looking at the photos!! Shots of footballers, violists, cellists and a solitary clarinet fill up our report today. It rained yesterday evening and today at midday - not really high Summer weather so it can only improve. We have installed a webcam outside our office here in Überlingen - so go to our home page and click on the webcam image for almost realtime images.

Mon August 16, 2004
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The worlds greatest athletes are in Athens.......but the worlds greatest young musicians are in Southern Germany!! The athletes might run, jump and swim but here we sing, play and make music. Welcome to the 2004 edition of the Daily News - the only online media page dedicated to honest up to date reporting on the 200 strong FCO ensemble! Today´s photos remind you that we are in the countryside, that a organisation team is permanently looking after the 175 young musicians, that nearly everybody arrived on time throughout the day on Sunday, that transport conditions are sometimes a bit cramped, that the main hall was full for the welcome meeting on Monday morning - immediately followed by the first of many sectional masterclasses including a very special warm up session for the choir. Much the same as last year which is good news! What is new, however, is a very special fly-past by a FCO zeppelin airship! The weather is good - a bit cloudy but warm. More news tomorrow - make the "Daily News" your homepage!!!

The daily comments for the news written by Nick. Photos & Short Videos by Hollie the webmaster.
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