Diary & Photos 2009

Saturday, August 15

A most heartfelt welcome to all members of the Festivalensemble Stuttgart 2009 - and to all visitors of our brandnew Festivalensemble diary! On these pages you can browse through a selection of special moments caught by Hollie and read some reports on our daily life. Don't get irritated by terms like "daily" or "diary" - this will most certainly lead to the wrong assumption that the photographs and reports are updated on a daily basis... Your comments on the other hand are welcome at all times.

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Tuesday, August 18

... some three days after our first diary entry we have made huge progress on our main works MESSIAH & MESSIAH, not to forget the chamber music we are preparing for the first concert next weekend. On monday it was about time to relax - a whole day without rehearsals.

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Friday, August 21

What is to be reported when the weather is close to perfect every day? Oh - I almost forgot: the main purpose of our being here at the Lake Constance is MUSIC! Well, and some side effects - but see for yourself...

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Monday, August 24

Our days in Überlingen are numbered - and there is so much left to do. So here is another short report of what the Festivalensemble musicians did in the last few days.

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Friday, August 28

... and so we had to say goodbye to Überlingen, the Salem International College with their wonderful staff.

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Monday, August 31

Next day after the first Händel Messiah performance we packed all our stuff, loaded vans, lorries and buses and rode to Stuttgart. This is the start of the FES concert tour: Kloster Eberbach with two concerts in the magnificent Basilika which has become one familiar place to many of us.

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Thursday, September 3

And so, after an exciting final concert at the Rheingau Music Festival and a quite short night in Mainz we entered the buses and rode to Berlin

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Tuesday, September 8

The Festivalensemble 2009 is history - after two great concerts and not really much sleep we left Berlin.

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