A Bavarian Christmas

Happy New Year!

I am really looking forward to all of my future concerts for 2019 and the exciting new adventures that lie ahead.

It was a rather unique Christmas for me this year, as, for the first time, I decided not to spend it at home in Scotland. Taking advantage of a couple of performances I had in Germany in December, I spent the festive season abroad in the Bavarian Alps. And what a treat it was to have a proper White Christmas with such an amazing amount of snow that snowball fights, snowmen and sledging had never-ending opportunities.

Bad Kohlgrub, Bavaria in the snow

In between my concerts I even bravely attempted some Cross-Country Ski-ing in Austria. Although it took many hours of practice (and bruises) to even be able to stand upright I had so much fun even in blizzard conditions. It was wonderfully “hygge” and made all the more rewarding by generous helpings of Apfel Strüdel and Kaiserschmarr’n in the Almhütte.

My first performance was at St. Martin’s Kirche in the famous ski-resort of Garmisch Partenkirchen.  Lying at the foot of the Zugspitze, the church is a typical example of Baroque architecture in this region with a beautiful onion dome and a glorious interior. As you can see from the photos there are beautiful frescoes and ornate ceiling paintings by Matthaus Gunther.

Now back in England, I am busy preparing (and motivating) my students for their upcoming competitions and performances and looking forward to my next series of concerts in February where I will be playing in Bolton, Manchester and New Radnor in Wales. I will be performing a variety of works at both including JS Bach’s Solo Sonata in G Minor, Saint-Saens Rondo Capriciosso and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy.

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