Our Piano Holiday (1 – 8 May) has been and gone. It nearly didn’t happen owing to poor support, but Penny and I decided to go ahead with fewer numbers. This was a wise decision because the participants benefited greatly, the ambience was less hurried and the group gelled to a remarkable degree.
The accolades came thick and fast: outstanding venue, comfortable accommodation, amazing hospitality, delicious food and wine, generous hosts and brilliant tuition from Graham Fitch. There were no criticisms whatsoever, so we feel encouraged to have another next year.
The participants were surprised and thrilled by the support of our neighbours. One provided lunch at Saint Laurent, a couple offered aperitives and snacks in their home at Saint Julien, and another couple provided lunch and drinks at their home in Rieux-Volvestre. Two of the participants remarked, “But they don’t even know us.”
The holiday coincided with the annual festival of Papogay, in which men and boys compete to become the king of Rieux by shooting a wooden parrot off a high pole with bows and arrows. It was a great day out for us all.