Saturday, September 21, 2013

Culture Night

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.

Culture Night is a fairly new phenomenon in Dublin, where lots of places open their doors/ hold events free of charge. Buildings that are normally closed to the public open up for the evening too. There is always a great buzz around the city, and the country too, as the popularity of it has spread nationwide now.
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!

Castletown is a most beautiful place; the grounds are amazing, and it's just 30 minutes drive from my house!
 I went straight from work, so had about 20 minutes to walk around and take these pictures.
 Isn't it beautiful?

Lest you think it's all meadows, peace and quiet, there is a small airport nearby, so planes are overhead if you care to take notice!

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!


  1. You are coming on in leaps and bounds. It is wonderful to get a difficult piece under your belt! Well done.
    The photos are beautiful and tranquil.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

    1. Thank you Maggie. Today I feel progress, after 2 weeks of intense practice when I wondered if there was any point! Nerves are my biggest problem now, but I'm trying to be brave.
      Castletown is a really beautiful place, and yesterday was the perfect evening for a walk.

  2. That is wonderful!!! and yes - it is all about the journey :)
    Great to see a post from you again :)

  3. Thanks Kerri! Life is full of interesting journeys.

  4. Mimi, your countryside resembles where we live with a few more forests!...:)JP

  5. I'm enjoying your musical journey as well. Though I'd enjoy it that much more if we lived closer. LOL What a fabulous idea to open up lovely places and make them more special by offering music!

  6. Kudos to you, Mimi! What a lovely place to be involved in some real culture too. I'm glad you are enjoying your music and the challenges that go with it, and reaping the rewards of accomplishment as well. And having fun too, I might add.

  7. Good to see you blogging again. Summer is never a good time but in the autumn there is a sense of picking up threads.

  8. It certainly is beautiful. I love buildings like these. The hall in which you played is absolutely stunning and reminds me of the hall in Bamburgh Castle where I got married.

    CJ x

  9. Culture Night sounds a really brilliant idea. One of my family has married a Dubliner so when I get over there I will try and catch up with a culture night.

  10. Gosh, that sounds great. I can't wait to come home.

  11. Hi Mimi,
    Beautiful countryside! I love the image with the fence.
    Much continued success with your music!

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