Chapter Two: Our Spanish Debut
Churches, Siestas and Homemade wine...
August 22nd 2018
Concert day in Galera! We woke up feeling well rested after a lovely sleep in our cuevo (cave) and had coffee and breakfast outside on our patio, including some delicious cake baked for us by Ana’s mother!
We began rehearsals straight away, playing some of our absolute favourite pieces in preparation for our Spanish debut in the local church of Galera. Our excitement was obvious straight away - being apart for several months it’s clear that we are addicted to playing in Genovia Quartet…after some joyful and intensive music-making we sat down to lunch, and we were delighted to be joined by Ana’s sister Irene who also happens to be a very talented oboist!
After a wee siesta (mostly for the benefit of the Scottish contingent) we headed to the church for a short rehearsal. Our cuevo was ‘nearly’ within walking distance from the church but Ana’s father was kind enough to ferry us back and forth between rehearsals and meals. After a quick dinner and just a smidgen of reed stress(!), we donned our all blacks and headed to church for our performance.
The church was absolutely packed to the brim with excited locals who were so warm and welcoming to us. We played some of our favourite pieces including some classical rep by Verdi, Sibelius and Prokofiev and some of our favourite Raymond Scott tunes which brought the house down!! Rhiannon and I even introduced (attempted) pieces in Spanish which went down a treat.
We were delighted to receive a full standing ovation, so it felt only right to treat our amazing audience to one more tune - ‘El Gato Montes’, one of the most famous pasodobles in Spain. One sly audience member caught this on camera….
After the concert we joined Ana’s family and friends for some tapas and ‘tinto’ (red wine) and we were offered a discount for our drinks if we played again in the bar….well, who are we to say no?
After a most fantastic evening in Galera, we got driven home (with me in the baby seat) and went to bed a very happy Genovia Quartet indeed.
August 23rd 2018
For our last day in Galera, we began with a relaxed brunch at the cuevo before heading to ‘la piscina’ (swimming pool). We then visited Ana’s grandparents and other family who live locally (including Sultan the dog). After a siesta, we headed to our friend Javi’s house for what we thought was a small glass of his homemade wine…which turned into a huge dinner party with lots of friends, family, bilingual singing and laughs! See below….
We couldn’t have felt more welcome during our time in Galera, not only from Ana’s amazing family (who cooked all our meals for us) but from all the local people - young and old - who turned out in their numbers to support us and encourage us in our Spanish debut. We feel extraordinarily blessed by the amazing welcome…and the mayor even invited us back for Christmas!
Galera, this is not the last you will see of Genovia! Watch this space….
Blessings to all your reeds,
P.S. Cuevos in Galera are available to rent all year round - we cannot recommend highly enough!! Such a beautiful village <3