Hello from Kathy Reed, co-instructor for Listening Live. What a rich and full three weeks this has been, and what a fine collection of students with whom to share it. As we walked to our final concert tonight, I listened to the familiar voices around me and got sentimental thinking of all the connections we have made as a group.
This morning, seven of us traveled by train and then a hearty 40 minute walk to visit the small and extremely friendly congregation at St. Columba Lutheran Church. They appreciated my colleague Brooke's creative and expert keyboard accompaniment of the service music, and our singing of the William Billings canon that has become a theme song of our group. We, in turn, appreciated their hospitality in the form of a classic Lutheran potluck, with enough sandwiches left over to feed the entire group this afternoon at tea. Before tea, we all visited the impressive Kelsingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
For our last concert, we heard the world-renowned banjo player Bela Fleck, joined by singer and fellow banjo player (and spouse) Abigail Washburn. They were terrific, and we all enjoyed the luxury of sitting in chairs, after two nights of standing to listen.
The name of the Glasgow festival we have been attending is Celtic Connections, and it has been fascinating to learn more about Scottish traditional music and then to hear other musics that in some way connect with Celtic folk traditions. It has also been interesting and gratifying to be reminded again during our course of the ways we connect with each other through music. What a privilege to Listen Live with Marah, Kelly, Elisabeth, Megan, Emilyn, Nicole, Daniel, Tad, Tom, Alvin, Mitch, Scott, Nathan, Jacob, Collin, Jay, and Tim (you'd think I had counted these names and faces a few times)!