So we finally made it to the first of our two experiences in Rome. It took just over a year to plan and somehow we made it a reality. 20 supporters joined us on a journey to Rome to help launch our fundraising efforts to record with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in celebration of my cello which was made there 300 years ago.
We had welcome drinks followed by an array of unique experiences throughout the weekend: a tour to the Tomb of St. Peter, lunches and dinners, concerts at the iconic Pamphilj Palace and Oratorio Del Gonfalone and a gathering in Tecchler’s neglected workshop in what is now a garage!
You may have read Miranda’s earlier Blog about her chance meeting with the owner of the garage last year. Stefano generously opened the door for us, proud to learn the fact that his garage was once used as a workshop by an eminent Luthier, and we fittingly performed some Rossini in memory of the composer who had once lived opposite there on Via dei Leutari. I stayed in an apartment above the garage musing and wondering when my cello might last have been in Rome.
Being in Rome in the flesh at last, performing and lapping up the spirit of this extraordinary ancient city, beyond just seeing ideas written down on paper, was a delight from beginning to end. I took myself off for early morning runs absorbing as much as I could of the city while we were there. We were walking back to our hotels after the Pamphilj concert and amused ourselves at every turn with yet another historic landmark which took our breath away. Turning off one street towards the Trevi Fountain one moment, the Pantheon the next and on it went like that.
It was a memorable weekend sharing music with friends and meeting new ones too. We had a ball of a time made even more special with wonderful musicians from the orchestra, Roberto and Anita, as well as Gloria, Buhrang, Luigi and friends from the UK, Miranda and Louise. It really was a dream come true and I’m already looking forward to the next trip in the New Year. It would not have been possible without the immense efforts and support behind the scenes. Thank you to all involved and here’s to the rest of the journey ahead!