The captain of Wind Spirit valiantly tried to sail as far south as possible yesterday to avoid some stormy weather, but despite his best efforts several musicians and passengers became queasy. Neither our leader or sub-leader was in any fit state to play yesterday evening so our pre-dinner ECO concert was postponed. After dinner we had scheduled a violin and piano recital with Sergej Krylov and Igor Levit, both of whom were fine and so their recital went ahead as planned, with two wonderful performances of Beethoven Sonatas.
This morning we awoke to a calm sea and received some good news: we had made such good progress overnight that we would reach Sicily this afternoon rather than tomorrow morning. Our resident musicologist, Stephen Johnson, interviewed conductor Gianluca Marciano about ‘the role of the conductor’ and revealed some fascinating insights.
Today we have managed to squeeze in three short concerts: Stephanie Gonley will direct and Steven Isserlis appear as soloist in the early afternoon concert (Haydn, CPE Bach and Ravel), Gianluca Marciano will conduct the pre-dinner concert (the postponed concert from yesterday including Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Benjamin Hulett and John Thurgood as soloists, and the Mendelssohn Trumpet Concerto with Sergei Nakariakov)and Claire Jones will play a late night harp recital.
So far so good! Lots of happy passengers and musicians, undeterred by our short spell of rough weather yesterday.