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Trnava

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  • Day31

    Skalica

    July 23 in Slovakia

    Back to warm temperatures and sunny skies as we made our way to Skalica this morning and our third concert of the tour in the Jesuit Church of St. Francis Xavier. We unloaded and then had some free time to spend wandering around the town, finding lunch and generally relaxing in beautiful surroundings. Slight aberration in in the planning was the fact that I hadn't twigged that Skalica is actually just over the border into Slovakia so we needed Euros today! Fortunately there was the option of getting a packed lunch from Olomouc before we left this morning so everyone is covered. My mistake, sorry!!

    The concert this evening is slightly earlier than the others with a start time of 6.00pm. The church itself is lovely, with a fantastic acoustic for the choir's sound to soar in, and it will magnify the orchestra too, so we are really looming forward to tonight's penultimate concert! Afterwards the plan is to have dinner and stay in Skalica for a while before making the journey back to the hotel, arriving around midnight.

    Back to the lovely weather!
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  • Day31

    Needle Quartet

    July 23 in Slovakia

    The Needle quartet performed outside the church this afternoon. In gorgeous sunshine, but shaded by trees on the lawn, they performed three movements from Dvorak's American String Quartet. It was a bit quiet "locals - wise" but those that were there were very appreciative. And of course with NMPAT students being so nice and supportive, there were plenty of fellow musicians around to listen!Read more

  • Day31

    MCB and Zinnia Quartets

    July 23 in Slovakia

    Before the concert this evening there was an opportunity for two of our string quartets to perform as the audience arrived at the church. There was a steady stream of locals who stopped to have a listen,and both groups did a sterling job! The Zinnia quartet played Por Una Cabeza by Gardel and the MCB quartet played a movement from Dvorak's American Quartet.Read more

  • Day31

    Skalica Concert

    July 23 in Slovakia

    At about 17.40 I have to admit to being a little worried that we wouldn't have an audience at all for this concert, and in fact at about 17.45 I would have taken 40 people if I had been offered it! I needn't have worried as there was a steady stream of people from 17.50 and by the time the orchestra was tuning up there were around 200 people in the audience which was just brilliant.  The church looks lovely and is a wonderful venue in which to perform, and to have a pretty much capacity audience to play to was a real bonus for the students.

    CYO began the concert with Tchaikovsky's overture to Romeo and Juliet; we thought that the acoustic in the church would help with projection and boy were we right!
    There are some churches that we have visited on NMPAT tours where the echo has gone well into double figures of seconds which can often obliterate the music as it all becomes blurred and smudged, however whilst there was a little echo it didn't in any way detract from the music and allowed the orchestra to project right to the "standing room only section" in the very back of the church in what was an exhilarating performance to listen to! The orchestra has played this work so well this year and that today was no exception, just brilliant!

    CYCh followed CYO to the front of the stage and began their first set with the beautiful 'Abide With Me' and it was simply lovely.  The purity of sound and control that these students have is fantastic, you really could hear a pin drop in the spaces! Dashing Away with a Smoothing Iron' is one of those pieces that musicians would say "could wobble a bit" if everyone isn't absolutely focussed and concentrating throughout, as there are so many entries coming in at different times, however there were no problems for such a gifted group of singers and they pulled it off with aplomb! Then for their third piece Lauson Kenyon sang a wonderful solo in 'And So It Goes' and again the control and dynamic range displayed by the choir was awesome, the acoustic helping to fill the church and immerse the audience.

    CYO then performed the fourth movement from Scheherezade and the energy, power and beauty within their performance was wonderful.  A big shout out should go to Jade Segler for playing the violin cadenzas so well, and she was ably supported by Holly-Alice Morton on harp! This work is not played by many youth orchestras, as it has so many challenges to it, so it is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the students that they played it so professionally today, it was a pleasure to listen to.

    The final set from CYCh began with the beautiful and haunting 'Shenandoah' featuring Libby Marsland as soloist; they followed this with 'Cantate Dominum' and a performance including a vocal quintet performing at the opposite end of the church.  Their final piece was Sleep, which was breathtaking and captivated the audience completely, you sometimes get the feeling from audiences that they have been totally 'swept away' by the music and this performance had absolutely that effect today! The reaction to Sleep led to extended applause so 'Underneath The Stars' was chosen as the choir's encore featuring Michael Needle as soloist, this piece really tugs at the heart strings and was a beautiful way to end CYCh's contributions to the concert.

    This left CYO to finish proceedings with a performance of music from the Cowboys which brought the concert to a rousing conclusion. It has been another brilliant concert by both groups and it is wonderful to get to listen to such fantastic musicians, congratulations to everyone! There was just time for a standing ovation from the audience for all of the performers, some nice presentations and an encore of Nimrod (a personal favourite!) and a rendition of the last few bars of the Cowboys to send everyone home happy!
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  • Day32

    Transfer Day

    July 24 in Slovakia

    We are on our way from Olomouc to Bratislava today. We checked out of the Clarion Congress Hotel at 10.00 and we are due into Bratislava at about 13.30.

    We stopped at a service station and whilst most students went to the loo and bought some lunch, there was a contingent who chose to entertain themselves during the break in different ways...

    ...they kept it going for practically the entire 30-minute stop which is something - exactly what I'm not sure?!?! It made everyone laugh though!
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  • Day196

    Dunajska Streda and Bratislava

    March 18, 2017 in Slovakia

    Day trip to Dunajska Streda where the majority of the population is Hungarian. Nice clean little town with a thermal pool about a ten minute walk from the train station and 40 minutes from Bratislava. My aunt didn't tell me about this tidbit of information. Excellent shopping and wonderful bakeries. Bought myself a new bracelet. The architecture of the buildings was very interesting with some Swiss/Germanic and Turkish influence. The area was occupied heavily by the Russians in 1968 and was the base camp for their artillery storage. Spent the next day alone in Bratislava as I needed some quiet time. The day was stellar, sunny and warm. Walked the Danube River walkway, had lunch and people watched. The original old bridge has been closed off and made into a pedestrian walkway which is beautiful and enters Jan Kral park. Along the shores of the Danube are botels with restaurants and micro breweries. Visited with my god mother and learned some new things about our family history and growing up in the CSSR during the war. It's so good to hear this type of history from family.Read more

  • Day229

    Visiting Uncle Tomas and Piestany

    April 20, 2017 in Slovakia

    Left for Topolcany today to visit my fathers grave. It's been 34 years since his passing. Went to spend the day with my uncle after and ended up spending the night. As with every visit I learned some new information on family history. So good to sit down and learn this before my family gets too old to remember or is no longer here. I took the bus to Piestany in the morning hoping to find a two day deal for the spa. Limited internet didn't help me achieve my goal but I will keep my eyes peeled for upcoming deals. I drank the 60 degrees sulphur water which has so many healing properties and would have loved to have filled a bottle for my trip home. The water is so high in sulphur and smells like rotten eggs but if you can get by the smell it us fantastic in taste.Read more

  • Day14

    Auf der Renne

    July 20 in Slovakia

    Nach knappe 700 Kilometer quer durch Italien und Österreich haben wir unser nächstes Etappenziel erreicht. Dieses Wochenende verbringen wir auf der Rennstrecke. Das Highlight sind aber die Tomaten 🍅 vom heimischen Balkon. Lecker.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Trnava, Nagyszombati körzet

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