We were delighted to have been reunited in Bonnie Scotland this past week for some concerts in our home city of Glasgow! With Ana flying over from Granada and Rhiannon from Den Haag, we couldn’t wait to get back on the Genovia train with some exciting concerts in some very lovely venues.
On Friday 26th October we performed twice at the Glasgow Cathedral Festival - a really exciting young festival set in the iconic Glasgow Cathedral with its spectacular gothic architecture.
We were lucky to give two concerts in the cathedral itself. Firstly at 11am we gave a private performance for the primary children of Royston School who were very welcoming to us, and we taught them about the bassoon and the amazing sounds it can make! They particularly loved the jazzy Raymond Scott pieces we performed….(who wouldn’t?? They are so catchy!)
Time for a quick hot coffee before we performed a lunchtime recital open to the public. They came in their numbers despite the cold frosty weather to hear us perform some of our favourite pieces - including Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Khachaturian’s Lullaby and of course Pato, Pato!
It was lovely to see not only some of our regular concert attendees, but also some families who didn’t even know there was a concert happening and got a lovely bassoony surprise! Thank you to all the staff and audience at the Cathedral Festival who made our day really special.
The next day we were treated to a lovely home cooked curry by our mentor/bassoon mother/her royal highness Alison Green…always nice to get all the bassoon chat with a wee cheeky wine!
We spent the next couple of days preparing some brand new repertoire for our concert at Merchant’s House on the 31st. We were particularly excited to have contrabassoon involved in this next concert, as we are fortunate to have a very talented contra player in the quartet - the wonderful Rhiannon of course. We put together some new arrangements of the ‘Peer Gynt’ suites by Grieg, although it was not easy to play ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ with a straight face…the contrabassoon really is the devils’ instrument, which makes it even more perfect for a Hallowe’en concert. We even spent an evening rehearsing in Rhiannon’s family home where we got to meet little Harry, the newest, fluffiest addition to the Carmichael clan!!
Finally, Wednesday arrives! We were so excited to return to the Westbourne Music concert series after the fun we had in our 2017 debut recital there, and the day did not disappoint. The audience at Westbourne is always so welcoming and positive, and it was such a pleasure to showcase our work from the past week to keen eyes and ears. We performed some new arrangements, including the Peer Gynt Suite, some Georgian folk music and more Raymond Scott tunes….with added Hallowe’en accessories and squeaky toys! (videos to follow……)
Many people commented on how much they enjoyed the variety of music that we performed, which was wonderful to hear. We love the sound world of the bassoon and all the diverse characters you can create, which is why we are constantly exploring new styles. Having the trust and support of your audience is such a great feeling and helps us to put even more heart and soul into the music, so thank you all for letting Genovia Quartet take you for a crazy bassoony Hallowe’eny ride!
Sadly Ana and Rhiannon are jetting off again, but don’t despair as Victoria and I are busy preparing for some upcoming Genovia Duo concerts! Check our ‘Calendar’ page to find events near you.
Hope you all had a lovely Bassoonwe’en!