Well everyone, this is the last blog of the tour. I expect someone else will do the next one as I seem to have filled the server to capacity with my ramblings.We have left the sunny, warm New York City for the sunny, cold Chicago. This morning we flew in and had a few hours to have lunch or look around. Chicago is one of the noisiest cities I have ever been too, partly due to their underground trains, which run about 30 feet above street level on iron girders. Its still called the subway. Who said Americans didn’t do irony?
The hall in Chicago is one of the most beautiful I have played in and has more dressing rooms than a spice girls reunion concert. It has warm up rooms for the leader, principal cello, conductor, principal horn and others. I stopped looking as soon as I realised there was no room for a Principal flute. Typical. My favourite rooms though were the rooms where you couldn’t play, three of them actually. I am not making this up, they really are called A Quiet Room, B Quiet Room and C Quiet Room. I was going to take a picture, but I couldn’t be bothered, it being the end of the tour and all, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
The concert was great. I don’t know where Colin gets his energy from, I really don’t. He had, pretty much the same travel arrangements as us, and I was very tired. He however seems to just keep going !
Paul Lewis was again, very well received by the audience with even louder cheers than in NY. The review of his last performance suggested he eat a few Weetabix for breakfast. I had hoped to report on this, but he was staying in a more upmarket hotel. But it sounded like it.
After the show, I had a couple of drinks in Millers bar by the hotel and then turned in for an early night. I was very pleased to discover that I had been provided with the most comfortable bed I had ever slept in. I know this because I don’t remember going to sleep and I woke up about 10 hours later.
We had a few hours before our flight so, the orchestra dispersed around Chicago for the morning until we reconvened for the flight home overnight.
By the time you read this, we will have arrived back in London on Wednesday morning and then its back to work on Thursday morning for the next patch of work. Its hard work, but then , you now know how much fun we’ve been having so I can hardly moan. I am looking forward to seeing my family and having a cup of tea in typical British fashion, but looking back, its been a very successful trip and a most enjoyable one.
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