We are done! We played a wonderful program of Boismortier Sonata No. 6 , Simpson Divisions in F and Schenck Sonata No. 5. It went very well. The audience was very friendly and many positive comments were given to us after the performance. Judges were very pleased with our performance and hope that we continue our group. This was a great experience for Les Touches. After all the hardwork on this repertoire we had a great moment on stage.
We didnt win any prizes but to even have the opportunity to be a finalist in this competition is a great honor. We were the only viol group in this competition. There was a huge range of repertoire and size in this competition. The smallest ensemble was 2 people all the way to a Baroque Orchestra of 14 people. Repertoire from medieval improvisations to string quartets by Haydn. It was very interesting to watch all these types of performances. Congrats to Sollazo Ensemble on being the winner the grand prize!
We wish great success to all the finalists! It was wonderful to meet others who share the same passion for Early Music. The competition will be featured on BBC Radio 3 Early Music show on July 26. For those in the states you can listen to this online after July 26. We were also interviewed by Vlad from REMA Radio and will let you know when that will be posted.
What now…I am going back to the states on Tuesday flying to Istanbul first then Houston. I did learn my lesson on finding cheap flights.Never again. I will go buy a good book to read during the 6 hours at the airport in Istanbul. Stephanie is staying in England until August 10. She is staying with friends and practicing her violin.
We have many plans for the upcoming season. First we are starting a viol consort at Oak Ridge HS through a Loan Consort from the Viola da Gamba Society of America. This is a first for a school to offer this in Texas to my knowledge. Les Touches will be working with the school in building a viol consort. We have season of recitals and still working out the details on venues and trying to expand concert to the Austin area as well.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us in this process! We could not of done this without support from the community!