4. From East to West: Where in hell or heaven am I?
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4. From East to West: Where in hell or heaven am I?

By Nicholas M Tolhurst Friday 14 November If today is Monday, it must be Venice again. I’m writing these notes somewhat after the event and things are getting blurred. So here’s a summary: Tuesday 27 October the Astra Choir meets at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello (named after a composer dear to young viola player’s hearts) … Continue reading

3. From the East to the West: Astra at Camino’s Contro Corrente music festival
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3. From the East to the West: Astra at Camino’s Contro Corrente music festival

By Nicholas M Tolhurst 11 November The town of Camino is on the Tagliamento river—broad and sandy in early November and evidently a mighty flow when the snow on the nearby Alps melts in spring. The Alps here are the Dolomites. They are about 160 kilometres away, rising up in great jagged peaks and escarpments, … Continue reading

2. From the East to the West: Astra in Camino al Tagliamento
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2. From the East to the West: Astra in Camino al Tagliamento

By Nicholas M Tolhurst Friday 7 November The excitement of Venice wears off very quickly one you have to set about business there. Our schedule for rehearsals was comprehensive and exhausting. There is no quick way to get around Venice, just lots of walking along the same crooked route to get from the AirB&B apartment … Continue reading

1. From the East to the West: Astra in Venice
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1. From the East to the West: Astra in Venice

  By Nicholas M. Tolhurst What if we gave a festival and no one came? The horror of any concert producer is that the big day arrives…no audience. Art choirs—that is to say choirs of serious purport essaying a diversity of solecisms in taste and invention—alas, are too used to outnumbering their audiences in Australia. … Continue reading