Saturday, September 1, 2012
It is on Loch Oich in the middle of the Highlands. The Hotel is a former Victorian era manor house with all of the grace and charm of that time still intact. Above is a view of Loch Oich at sunset.
We did some really fun things during those two days off including touring the Dalwhinnie Distillery, walking around the ruins of Urquhart Castle
and cruising on Loch Ness.
After two days it was time to return the rental car to Edinburgh airport. I really enjoyed driving on the "wrong side" of the street on those narrow, twisting country roads. The rotaries were especially challenging.
We checked into our Edinburgh hotel right across from Usher Hall where we played two concerts as part of the Edinburgh Festival.
We made a special trip to Canongate Kirk which is a small church at the bottom of the Royal Mile. A trip to this church is of special interest to bassoonists because two bassoon players are buried and memorialized for their bassoon playing in the church's cemetery.
One, John Frederick Lampe, was known as Handel's favorite bassoonist. Here is what the church's guidebook has to say about him:
Next to him is a more recent memorial to a bassoonist who died in 2003. His name was Christopher Robson. He performed frequently in the church. He must have been very special for they buried him right next to Lampe in the old cemetary.
Here are the two together.