Loading up the van, ready to go 🙂
After the personal delivery of Robbie’s trumpet, we’re on our way!
And lots of time on the bus… Day 2
Stunning scenery on the way…
After 30 hours 4 minutes, we have arrived safe at Perugia Park Hotel 🙂
Day 3 – The day that CLYO had to go offstage to fetch more encores!
Much sleeping and showering has occurred and a fresher looking CLYO has made its way to Ovierto.
Now transfer Italian style from coach park to Duomo…
Our first concert venue.
And the instruments arrived safely one hour before the first rehearsal!
Verdi sounding great in the Orvieto Duomo… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=919729694709415
Chilling before the first concert…
After a full programme and four encores, they were still standing, clapping and asking for more… you get the picture! 🙂
Happy day, happy audience, happy CLYO 🙂
Chilling prior to our visit to Assissi, then Spello for more encores..
Assissi and the Basilica of San Francesco – difficult to describe how amazing this is
Sheltering from the baking sun…
We arrive at Spello to a police escort!
Dinner in restaurant II Trombone Sensational view ….
It’s a cat’s life..
Our venue – and our maestro..
Lads waiting while the ladies change..
“I seem to remember saying to CLYO months ago that our Italian guests would love our repertoire – not sure we could ever have imagined quite how much tho!
Extraordinary reaction from a capacity house – and yes, we had to do four encores again.
Started ‘Pirates’ at 22.48 – so possibly the fastest ever!
Amazing, amazing CLYO.” 🙂 (Dougie)
A day with chocolate, Perugia during the jazz festival, a beautiful lake then back for prizes and an evening without playing any Tchaikovsky!
It was a ‘cool’ 36 when we left the chocolate museum/factory today.
Tasting session much enjoyed!
Concert in Montefalco advertised on Italian telly 🙂
Relaxing couple of hours in Perugia with live jazz being played all over the centre.
Great views and a bit cooler – enough for an impromptu footy game in the main square..
One more from Perugia as we leave for our next stop. What a stunning area!
A relaxing hour at the spectacular lakeside of Castiglione del Lago
before heading off for evening quiz at the hotel…
Lovely awards do with lots of laughs 🙂
De Boer awards went to
And the Music For Alice Award – in memory of ex CLYO member Alice McGill who died in the Tsunami in 2004 – goes to Amy Green..
Bravo, Amy for your brilliant playing and leading this year!
The Paul Mountain Award for outstanding achievement goes to Rob Greenwood!
Congrats and bravo to Rob and thanks and best wishes to all our wonderful leavers 🙂
After a great quiz from Sarah and Hannah
Late night jazz in the bar with Jacob, Tom and Dan
What a day! 🙂
Today, sightseeing in Gubbio and then off to Montefalco.
It’s hard to believe that it could get any more beautiful than the last few days
– but it does!
The highlight was the ski lift..
Wonderful, wonderful views..
and all back safely 🙂
Kipps, being the legend he is, walked all the way!
The museum at Montefalco certainly has the wow factor and also a great acoustic..
A tired, but happy, CLYO in Montefalco..
Casually watching Umbria vs Lazio at boxing – as you do after a rehearsal!
“Tiredness showing in the eyes but not in the music – there was playing in Enigma that was as fine as anything I have ever heard. To start Francesca at 22.30 and play it like that should not really be possible – not to mention the four encores..” (Dougie)
Our amazing CLYO spirit continues 🙂
A couple of hours wandering around beautiful Cortona before heading to Chiusi for a complete performance of Enigma, several encores and then water works.
Ready for the final concert by this fabulous CLYO year…
And here we go – the final concert of the tour!
More standing ovations than we could count
Nine beautiful towns in Umbria and Tuscany visited
Playing of great quality, care and passion with simply the finest string sound around
One serious re-invite from a major promoter
One happy CLYO 🙂
And after all that, late night jazz in the bar – amazing 🙂
Our awesome leavers 2014 with the Maestro of course 🙂
Head for home…
Arrive in Leeds at tea-time – safe and sound. What a great trip 🙂