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The day started with the usual breakfast selection of cereal, bread and a choice of 7 cheeses.
We travelled by charter bus to Ghent for our first rehearsal with other choirs of the commisioned piece for the 1000 Voices concert, a 60 page Penderecki written entirely in Latin. Today there were 300 voices, with choirs from England, Ireland, …
Hazy sunshine but cool. Into the flower markets, followed by a book market along the canal and finally a produce market up by St Michaels. Decided that was enough markets, and laden with goodies, all edible, returned to stash them at the apartment.
Whilst near St Michaels, stuck our heads in the outer door. ...
... Kortrijk we had a quick rehearsal before the evening's concert. The Kortrijk Brass Band performed with us, and they were fantastic; very technically proficient. But I still think our performance was more interesting! We again played Ash Wednesday with the video, plus our toe-tappers (but no Gangnam Style, phew!). We had a few drinks with the KBB after the concert which was great, but I for one fell into bed ...
... with the Samurai sauce which was also delicious. When we were done, we headed back, and said goodbye to Daren who was on his way out (he was staying with a different friend for the next few nights) and sat down with Karina who had just gotten back. We had a good chat with her while she ate the dinner that Daren had cooked for her, and played with the cats, then we got a tour of the house and put our bags in our room. We freshened up a bit, then got ready to go out for a ...
... floral baskets.
A leisurely evening stroll ended in a restaurant with Mulles Frite and other local delicacies for dinner.
One funny thing was Bronwyn (our budding Steven Spielberg) taking forever to photograph Murray at a shop that sold 250 different beers. I have never seen a tongue hang out so far! Poor Murray.
Photos will follow!