This is by way of a lovely greeting to Steiner Schools in England from these 2 lovely schools near Budapest. 1 in Pilliscsaba, which Anna and Zoltan’s children attend, and then in Nagykovasci, where Betti and Chobá’s two boys are. In turn, I brought greetings from South Devon Steiner School and was graciously permitted to take some photos to share.
I do not have my diary with me, so I will have to add names later on!
The first group is a little set of family life with Anna, Zoly, Aron, Giergy, Bori and little Ágo, with the Pilliscsaba Kindergarten fair, as well as the fascinating architecture of the recently built university, tilting deliberately!
Next we have babes in the wood and some of Betti’s lovely family and the kindergarten, with teachers Emese Bárci and Zita Petra; main school and home of their lovely Art Therapist, Agnes Tuscher, plus a snap of the most delightful and sensitive pianist at their neighbour’s home…. I took Beethoven round and then played Schubert in duet…. It was such a treat, followed by some exquisite Liszt. We were also treated to chocolate balls dipped in coconut. Mmmm!
These precious connections feel so alive and potent as thoughts are shared. On Saturday it will be my pleasure to go back to play at Betti’s home, where she has generously invited Anna and family and friends along… here it is Herr Beethoven who has forged the link. I think it will be opus 109, the E major, (gratitude for the journey so far) but equally perhaps 110 in A flat would be just as wonderful. Better still, especially in the current atmosphere, 111, but with no practice for weeks, I somehow don’t think so.
The global nightmare of it’s first movement is so urgent and relevant, whilst the transcendent balm of the variations is sure hope to counter these very current material nightmares of modern times.
A rather huge page tonight, but I couldn’t bring myself to omit any of it!!
I will have to leave this afternoon’s visit to the beautiful ethnographic exhibition for another time!