Tour Blog: Hello from Cheltenham

Principal Second Trumpet Richard Blake sends tour musings from Cheltenham Festival....

Good afternoon! I write this sitting in Cheltenham Town Hall enjoying a piece off in rehearsals and wallowing in the glorious sounds of Debussy's Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune. We are preparing not only for the opening of Cheltenham festival, but for the CBSO's first tour with Mirga, our new Osborn Music Director.

A whistle-stop tour of Germany's summer festivals starts on Friday, taking in Bad Kissingen, Wiesbaden, Ingolstadt and finally to Hamburg's brand spanking new Elbphilharmonie.

I have been very much looking forward to this tour for a while; not only do we get to play Stravinsky's technicolour (and slightly terrifying) Pétrouchka, but tours are a great opportunity for orchestra and conductor to really gel together. 

We regularly play repeat concerts, often in our home in Symphony Hall, but to have 6 goes at Pétrouchka with the same band and conductor will hopefully give us time and freedom to figure each other out and to build the trust and musical freedom to reach new heights together.

I'll try and keep those of you not travelling with us informed on the daily shenanigans of the band, but whatever happens, welcome to 2017's first tour blog!