Anyway, the problem was fixed and the rehearsal continued without a hitch. I had a quiet afternoon to rest and prepare for the evening, and then went to the hall for the concert. I remember how enjoyable it was to play in the Cankarjev Dom last time and this occasion was the same - Charles is the kind of musician who clearly relishes performance and the orchestra were also giving of their very best. It was a delight to make music and the audience gave us an enthusiastic response. I did a quick change and went to listen to the second half which was Tchaikovsky Suite in G, a piece I did not know. I was very impressed by how the orchestra changed their whole sound to reflect the completely different style of the Tchaikovsky and Charles was quite electrifying, building the pace up to a fabulous conclusion. I must also say that I loved the violin solo of the concertmaster, whose sweet sound carried exquisitely in the hall.
Today I had breakfast with Charles and then spent an hour or so chatting to some of the orchestral musicians plus some students who wanted me to talk to them about life as a concert performer, as well as technique and practice etc. I am struck by the openness of attitude of the musicians here and it was lovely to have a chance to talk more directly to them and get to know some of them a bit better. After that I had a bite of lunch and a final coffee in my favourite coffee shop - Cafetino Kavarna. They have got to know me well from my visits and know how to make me coffee EXACTLY the way I like it. Anyone who knows me well, will understand that this is no mean task! I was very touched as my final coffee was a present "on the house".
I have only a couple of hours now to get myself ready for the performance which is broadcast live on radio so will leave it here. Tomorrow will be a busy day too as I am flying back to London and playing tomorrow night in Leeds.
So I'm off for a nap!