Archive for the ‘Tour 2010’ Category

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Huttenberg, Germany – July 13 (and then home)

We arose early (again…) and headed to Huttenberg where we were greeted by our gracious hosts, The Shining Bells. This is a club that was started by a missionary several years ago and now travels and tours as we do. They have 4 octaves of Schulmerich bells and we had a great time eating together, ringing together, and simply being together for our last night. Our concert lasted for 2 hours and we finished with three encores. What an enthusiastic audience! We sold all of the rest of our CDs and had a wonderful time with this warm family of ringers.

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Stadthagen, Germany – July 12

We had another early morning and a long bus ride to find Wiedensahl by about 1 pm. The Southminster Ringers had visited Wiedensahl on their 1992 tour and the ringers there were eagerly awaiting our arrival with a wonderful pasta lunch and a tour of their lovely church. We rang together for a while in the afternoon before we had to say farewell and get to our concert in Stadthagen and they had to pick up their brass instruments and play for a nearby festival. Busy day for all!

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Odense, Denmark – July 11

A travel day. We left at 7 am and said farewell to our wonderful Finnish hosts. Hope we see them very soon! We traveled (almost) forever to our hostel in Odense. We went through & over the great bridge/tunnel in Malmo (for a mere 161 Euros) and then another long bridge. Those were the exciting moments of the day. It will be another early morning tomorrow on our way to Germany.

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Stockholm, Sweden – July 9 & 10

We arrived (about 2 minutes ago) and have a whole day ahead of us. (and when we are off the boat).More news when we have a faster internet connection.

Finally (2 days later) we have internet again. We had a great tour of Stockholm! First was a visit to the Vasa (the ship that was salvaged from the harbor) and what a museum they have for it! 95% of the ship is intact and their restoration is incredible. Enjoy those photos!

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Turku, Finland – July 7 & 8

No photos yet since we can’t upload from our own computer here. At least there is internet access for a brief message though.

The ride to Turku was pretty uneventful and pretty fast – two hours. We arrived and ate (we seem to be doing a lot of that on this trip – everyone has been incredibly gracious in hosting meals for us). We performed a short concert at the Turku Cathedral (Mother church of Finland – some of the relics and artifacts go back to the 13th C.) at 2 pm. After checking into the hostel, we walked back to the cathedral for our evening concert and rehearsal. 7 pm concert was quite fine and the acoustics were unbelieveable!

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Helsinki, Finland (Day 2) – July 6

For once it was NOT an early morning! We arrived at the Vanha Kirkko (Old Church) in plenty of time – in fact, the building wasn’t open yet. The short concert went well and then we were all off for some time in the main part of the city. Our Finnish hosts and friends from Kuopio arrived around 4 pm and we met at Temppeliaukiokirkko to set up for the evening concert Wand to rehearse together. We combined forces for three pieces and they went well. What a great setting for music!

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Helsinki, Finland (Day 1) – July 5

Today was a total tourist day. We left Parnu at about 7:40 am and arrived in Tallinn around 9:45 for the 11 am ferry to Helsinki. The crossing was uneventful and we had a nice afternoon visiting the Tori (open air market) and other shops along the esplanade, made a visit to the fortress island, Suomenlinna, and then some time at our hostel before spending the rest of the evening at a small local amusement park. All are now asleep and ready for 2 concerts tomorrow. We will also be meeting our Kuopio ringers tomorrow afternoon and we will be ringing with them tomorrow evening at Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Church of the Rock). It was a warm day, but nothing like home!

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Parnu, Estonia (Day 3) – July 4

Happy Fourth of July! We were serenaded by some locals before we went to our banquet this evening – and they did a credible job on the Star Spangled Banner (probably better than we could have done). We worshipped this morning in a small Lutheran Church in Haademeeste. Our German friends played from the rear balcony near the organ while an Estonian ensemble rang from the front of the church. This was followed by a great lunch and then back to Parnu for the final group rehearsal and concert – and all went beautifully! Every group played a couple of solos and there were 5 massed ensemble pieces.

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Parnu, Estonia (Day 2) – July 3

What a great day! Morning rehearsal with all ringers and then Southminster Ringers with Agapella (from Parnu) to ring on bells instead of chimes for a change. They were great! Afternoon rehearsal and then things got to be very organized by the minute: 4:30 pm – move the bells, 5:15 pm – dinner back at the hostel, 6 pm – attend a concert by the Tallin ensemble Arsis, 7 pm – dress for our concert on the bus, 7:30 pm – set up the bells in the church (as soon as the worship service in the Orthodox Church was done) and 8 pm CONCERT. FABULOUS CONCERT!! Standing room only again and the ringers did an amazing performance!

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Parnu, Estonia – July 2

After a short trip to Parnu (3 hours) we found our hostel, found our German friends, met up with a couple of Pittsburghers who came to join us and spent some time changing money and finding lunch. Then off to the Sports Hall to set up for the festival and meet the rest of the ringers.

Southminster Ringers, 799 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228