We have the sad but wonderful task of describing the last day of the Neflac summer academy to you. Sad, for it was the last day of a wonderful week that we would have liked to continue for a couple more days. But also wonderful because it was the day all our hard work finally paid off. After having breakfast while trying not to spill anything onto our concert clothing we said goodbye to the beautiful landscape and the estate that had been our home for the week. The bus brought us to the Concertgebouw where we took our baggage and went to the artist foyer, from there the usual chaos before a concert began. The rehearsal before the concert was filled with technical difficulties and last minute adjustments and decisions, but no one lost their nerves through all of this. Everyone, including Sterre Konijn and all of the staff, were very concentrated and worked hard to get the best result ready for the final performance of the week.
When we all finished our lunch we were ready to tune our instruments and open the concert with the prelude from the Holberg Suite from E. Grieg, which we played from memory. The rest of the first half of the concert was filled with wonderful solo performances by Camilla and Phoebe, the NTK and YIP ensembles, Sarah, Friso and Marloes who played a wonderful trio together. And last but not least the introduction for our guest artist Sterre Konijn who sang a beautiful rendition of Summertime by G. Gershwin. The second half was filled by Luna’s Magic flute, a wonderful musical story that Sterre brought to life with the help of some of the young NTK members that did a very good job of acting out some animals featured in the fairytale.
Kasper, Isa, Valdemar
foto's: Eduardus Lee