…. So I was passing the castle yesterday morning, on my way to playing in Linköping Cathedral for evening service; (there are 3 especially beautiful chapels behind the altar. I played in the Mary Chapel, next to which is the Vandra/pilgrim’s chapel. I had another wave of gratitude for having made it this far…) a little way ahead there was a young woman walking. I asked about the possibility of looking in and one thing led to another! This afternoon at 2pm I was in the beautiful cupola/round concert room, playing opus 110 &, daringly, opus 111 to a hastily arranged audience and having the most marvelous birthday!! I was sung to in robust Swedish harmony and THEN treated to cake, candle and exquisite roses.
We were taken by Beethoven and the fantastic piano and acoustic on such a journey together and I am again, just so grateful for the warmth, generosity and welcome from staff and visitors in this special core of spiritual community. A special thanks to Martin and Åsö for making it all possible with such grace and ease. (800kr was donated to the Africa Horn as a result of quick thinking and such a great opportunity!)
The previous night I had been the guest of Ida and family in their gorgeous apartment in Linköping ( 🙂 )and so had to thread my way back out of town (I did really well until I lost my ‘ball of string’) the long way round!! A beautiful, slightly damp ride of around 17 miles. I arrived rather hot and thirsty at 11.15 and really wondered if I would be up to the rigours of playing later.
Lunch, beautifully prepared and presented and a lie down and off we went! I have to say that it was stunning. I still cannot quite believe that after just over 900 miles and almost no practice it IS possible to ask fingers to fly and memory to serve. This was such a day to remember, and now I am in a bit of a daze. I am also about to experience a special liturgy in the castle chapel, so for now, many thanks for all the lovely messages and good night. !