Arriving in the Concertgebouw around 11am we start with the general rehearsal. Everybody is a bit nervous and excited. The Concertgebouw..... this is really something. Who gets the opportunity to play on this world famous stage? We do!!
At 14.15 the concert starts. The hall is filled with lots of family, friends and people we don't know. They are here to listen to Pieter Wispelwey, Emily and all of us. To be honest, we are quite proud to see that so many people came.
We play the prélude of the Holberg Suite this year for the first time by heart. So much nicer for the audience and it was not too difficult to practice it and to get it into our heads.
After that the audience sees the video. We made short videos during the week with our mobile phones, sent them to Ruben Stern, who made them into a nice sphere impression. So much fun to see Jeroen on the film waving his arms and making the most funny sounds.
Then until the break solo's, ensembles, flute orchestra and the moving Villa-Lobos with Pieter Wispelwey follow. What a great cellist he is! Rozemarijn played her Hosokawa, the talk of the town during the break when we mingle with the audience. We hear conversations about it. 'Did you like it...?', 'Exciting piece', 'Never knew one could make all these sounds on a flute' and more of this.
After the break more solo's, ensembles and finish with the Pezzo Capriccioso of Tsjaikovsky where Pieter plays another beautiful solo. Jeroen made an exceptional good arrangement, it sounded all lovely together.
Applause from the audience and super enthusiastic reactions afterwards. Yes, we did it!
Time to thank the staff, change to our normal clothes, go to the Concertgebouw café for our farewell drink. Farewell..... we don't want to leave. Can we stretch the moment to say goodbye to everybody? To our Neflac friends? To our buddies? The staff?
We look back upon a remarkable Neflac Summer Academy and fortunately we know Neflac continues.