음악가의 삶은 종종 먼 곳을 여행하고, 세계를 여행하고, 집을 떠나 오랜 기간을 보내는 것과 관련된 것입니다. 젊은 호른 연주자로서 나는 해외 여행을 즐겼고, 다음 해외 여행을 기대했습니다. 1970년대 후반에 런던에서 직책을 맡았을 때 여행은 훨씬 더 많은 약속을 하게 되었습니다. 왜냐하면 제가 너무 많은 다른 오케스트라와 실내악 그룹에서 일하고 있었기 때문에 거의 한 투어에서 다음 투어로 자주 이동했기 때문입니다. 여행 가방을 다시 꾸릴 시간 - 몇 년 안에 일년의 반 이상을 해외에서 보내는 시간!

First experiences in the many cities around the world I visited were fascinating − like the multi-level traveling experiences in Tokyo, with underground railways, overground railways, and a motorway system on several levels weaving its way through the railways and skyscrapers. First time in New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio, Vancouver − all harbour fond memories of concert tours and the fun you can have touring with musicians.

One city I never saw much of, ironically, was the city I worked in most of the time − London! With traveling to work always a hard grind, it was not surprising that I was intent on getting home to my house just on the green belt outside the city as quickly as possible after work. In recent years however I have returned to London on several occasions with my wife and children primarily as a tourist, and I have found it to be a wonderfully vibrant and fascinating city. The children love it for the shops in Oxford Street, the cinemas in Leicester Square, the Covent Garden market, and eating in Chinatown. I love the architecture and the museums, the open spaces − green parks and spaces every few streets in central London (often tucked away unnoticeable from the main streets) − and a pub culture that just does not exist in Germany, where I live now.

So it is with great excitement that I note the IHS symposium this year is taking place in this very city!

The theme of the symposium is schools of playing, which will give a fascinating insight into the differing schools of playing and teaching that seem to have a direct correlation to the sustained high standard of playing coming from certain countries, like the Czech Republic, Hungary, and UK.

Like all symposiums the coming together of people from around the world is one of the main attractions, meeting and socialising with the great artists, from past and present, and immersing oneself in all things pertaining to the horn and horn playing.

I can only say that I am looking forward to it immensely and encourage all of you who have not yet committed yourselves to a holiday or workshop to get booking now, and do both at the same time.

You can be assured that when you “hit the wall” in getting “horned out” at the symposium you will have any number of alternatives to take “time out” just around the corner − see you there (the pub is called The 99 by the way)!

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