Merry Christmas!

said: Dec 23, 2007
 103 posts

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I’d wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the new year! I think it is neat that there are so many different countries represented here. It would be interesting to hear about special ways that we each celebrate the Christmas holiday. Anyone want to share?

Regardless, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Coutier said: Dec 24, 2007
Coutier RademakerViolin
58 posts

Hi Twinkle Rhythms,

I will spend my Christmas holidays mostly at home in the centre of beautiful Amsterdam. I really don’t want to go anywhere, just stay at home a lot and practice violin books 4 and 5 for which I am receiving teacher training in Germany at the moment.
The past two months were pretty crazy: lots of travelling, three intensive training weekends and a workshop, most of them in the far end of Germany near the Czechian border. Lots of studying (you probably know how much work a teacher training brings), lots of teaching, end-of-year concerts. So now, just like most people, I am pretty exhausted.
This evening I cooked dinner for my two sons (Daan 9 and a good violinist; Nick 19 and a good horse jumper (the tail hairs of his horse are on my bow)) and my sister. We had a wonderful evening, got slightly drunk on a good bottle of french wine and Grand Marnier drenched desert.
Now Nick has gone out to be with friends and will return very late, Daan sleeps and my sister has gone home. Just an hour ago I’ve sent in another chat-contribution concerning the awkward situation about the new editions of Suzuki Violin books. I do hope 2008 will bring solutions and wisdom.
I look forward to the next two weeks: I love practicing without being disturbed, hours on end, taking many mini-breaks, drinking rivers of hot tea and getting closer to the soul of the pieces. Today Vivaldi a-minor first movement and Vivaldi g-minor Largo. I am delighted with these two books. Also today I worked with Daan on the first Seitz concerto, the first person I try a book 4 piece on. We are both pleased with the result.
By the end of these two weeks I will have gathered new inspiration and strength and will be ready for my students again. I have a lot of very fine students and I am deeply fond of them.

Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2008 to all of you!

coutier

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