Just home from a most amazing night.
The orchestra I play with, who rehearse just once a month (as opposed to Band, which is twice a week!), were invited to play in Castletown House for Culture Night.
Below is a picture of the beautifully restored Hunting Room, where we played.
We played in Castletown last year too. This year was even more special for me! We had been working on Beethoven's 7th symphony for much of last year. It is very challenging, even for great players. The 2nd movement featured in The King's Speech. We played it at our summer concert in June, in a church in Co. Kildare.
But this time, the 1st Horn guy was unavailable, so I was on my own, which to me is terrifying.
However, I decided to "feel the fear and do it anyway", got down to some serious practice over the past 2 weeks, and did it!
I am so thrilled to have played a very difficult piece of music, and solo Horn! All the work was certainly worth it, and has given me a new-found confidence.
On a high!!! And once again, I reflect on and express gratitude for, this marvellous musical journey that I am on. It has already taken me to places I would only have ever dreamed of, and I have made fantastic friendships along the way.
There is no destination here, it's all about the journey. A good philosophy for life!