There will be ample opportunity to reflect on these works and the forthcoming further rehearsals and performances as they occur, not to mention on the thoughts and experiences of the young musicians as they develop. But for now, a bit of travelogue.
Your blogger was in the largest group which flew on Lufthansa flights the first of which was on a very crowded and uncomfortable plane. My own seat backed on a wall, so it didn’t recline; the television screen was in Chinese and wouldn’t change without professional attention; for most of the flight the earphones delivered sound to only one ear. The flight crew tried to be helpful but had their work cut out for them; the dinner, chicken or pasta, was not edible, and if I had accidentally created the glutinous breakfast muffin, I would have been careful to avoid doing it again.