Another Rydal week has come and gone – far too quickly! – and once again, the weather played a significant part. We had some rain nearly every day, but most of it fell during the morning rehearsals, leaving enough gaps in the clouds to allow outdoor activities in the afternoons.*
The hail that was forecast on Thursday morning did NOT materialise, but the sun that was promised for Friday did make a brief – and very welcome – appearance.
Some new members joined us this year, and appeared to enjoy themselves! We had strength in depth in each string section, and exactly the right number of woodwind players – plus a full percussion department. There was a solid brass team, as usual, although we anticipate needing an extra trumpet and trombone for next year, so spread the word.
We ended the week with the customary Friday night quiz, where ‘Fingal’s Conclave’ (very droll) enjoyed a comfortable win. They didn’t come top in every round, though, and it would have been a much closer contest had they not scored double points in the ABCD game.**
So now it’s back to real life, and the countdown to Rydal 2018. Thank you to every single person who contributed to this year’s course – our administrator, our conductor, our soloists, playing members, non-playing friends and family, passers-by who came in to listen, the staff of Rydal Hall, plus two very friendly dogs.
*Please send any photos (of any activities, not just outdoor) that you’re happy for us to publish, and we’ll put them up on the website.
**Could this possibly be because they had more players than any other team? Note to the Quizmaster: some refinement of the rules might be in order for next year.