I have no intention of this being a "flights-taken" kind of blog. But stopping in Amsterdam, I'm reminded of the amazing tour I got to play in, back in 1998. The Geminiani Orchestra (from Melbourne), led by our indefatigable Dutch conductor Marco van Pagee, performed concerts in Dubrovnik, Mostar, Split, Neuburg (Austria), and at the Concertgebouw here in Amsterdam.
It was an inspiring experience, which I'm very grateful for. I'll never forget playing the first concert in Mostar after the war there. Bullet-holes in buildings, but an audience from Both sides of the river, plus the NGO and foreign peace-keepers. Music can bring communities together in amazing ways. I hope we do more of that, this next two weeks in Iraq, with students from across the country!