D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part VI)

The day dawned dreary and grey following the previous night’s storm. Breakfast had a different ambience than normal, for two members of our party were absent, having had to hot foot it back to Blighty for a performance of ‘Peter Grimes’ at Grange Park. They were driven to the ferry terminal by the indomitable Andy … More D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part VI)

D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part V)

Largest amphibious landing….30 miles of beaches assaulted by allied forces….  For the fourth day in a row I blearily reach for the TV control to wake myself up listening to the world news. It strikes me how, as our little tour progresses, we find ourselves increasingly caught up and involved in the incredible strength of French … More D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part V)

D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part IV)

Day 4 A gloriously sunny day in Caen today. Some of the musicians decided some sight-seeing was in order before the rehearsal and concert so we set off for Abbaye-aux- Hommes where William the Conquerer was buried – actually, just his thigh bone was buried. In the hope such a piece of history be left … More D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part IV)

D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part III)

Day 3 After months of anticipation, today was our first performance in Normandy – at the Caen Memorial Museum, where in less than 48 hours the Heads of State of 17 Nations gather to commemorate D-Day and the Battle of Normandy – momentous events that signalled the beginning of the end of the Second World … More D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part III)

D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part II)

Day 2 The hospitality from our amazing French hosts continues – we were contacted during the afternoon by l’Orchestre Regional de Basse-Normandie (ORBN) to say that the town we were rehearsing in (Mondeville) wanted to give us all a meal before the rehearsal tonight. On arriving we found a feast fit for a king – I am continually bowled … More D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part II)

D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part I)

Day 1 We’ve all arrived safely at Hotel Bristol, Caen, after the overnight ferry trip from Portsmouth. A bit bleary-eyed, admittedly, since you don’t get much sleep before being awoken at 4.45am, an hour before the ferry docks. Our contingent of eight BSO musicians are here to join forces with l’Orchestre Regional de Basse-Normandie and … More D-Day 70: The Armed Man Project, Normandy (Part I)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Extraordinary Reach

I can’t be the only one that views paperwork and form filling with that a sense of life-slipping-away inevitability. Still, it is part of life and although it can feel like you are counting the number of paperclips recycled in a fiscal period, at other times it can be rewarding as you have a chance … More Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Extraordinary Reach