(NYO have just published my post – have a read here.)
Meanwhile I have one batch of photos left. Don’t fret, this is the final post on Budapest.
On the penultimate day of the tour we performed in Church of Fot, at the unusual time of 11am. The church service concluded at this hour, leaving us barely any time to set up the stage and no time at all to rehearse! Outside the church, the sun shone fully on a very exhausted EUCO, the heat made worse by our black concert wear. We were all exhausted from the previous night’s antics…
But we still managed to pull it off! (Even if the maestro’s shirt was a bit creased.)
The Church of Fot photos are all courtesy of Michael Tang.
See a video of the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto here (also features my stage management skills):
Having the concert so early in the day gave us much more time to explore the historical sights. We visited The Museum of Music History (below) and continued our walk round the Buda Castle area.
On our little stroll, we came across a rather amusing scene: a group of identical Korean male tourists! When the crowd dispersed I found myself in the middle of a disorientating swirl of jeans, trainers, reflective sunglasses and baseball caps.
Standing by the edge of the fortress, I thought I was in a fairytale. If only I were a Hungarian princess; I’d wake up to this sight every morning! I believed buildings as beautiful as these only existed in Disney films and children’s books:
We celebrated the end of the tour with a meal at a burger restaurant:
We revelled on the rooftops and enjoyed our final night in Budapest…
There we go: the EUCO Budapest tour has finally come to a close. Now I can look ahead to the coming weeks!
London tomorrow for the NYO Inspire Day where I’ll be working with lots of young musicians, giving them a taster of NYO for the day.
I hope everyone has a lovely summer!