There was a problem for several of my readers in accessing the link of an email I sent them yesterday. I, therefore, will say here what it was all about.
The link referred to an article about me in the main regional newspaper for Tuscany and Umbria, “La Nazione”. The article said was that I was helping to disseminate the wealth of music-making in Lucca and its province to overseas locations, especially the UK, by collaborating with the main Lucca music magazine “LuccaMusica” edited by Francesco Cipriano and by writing about many events in my blog. The article concluded with some biographical details about me. The only mistake in the article was to state that I won a blog prize whereas, as you’ll know, I’ve just been nominated for one.
It’s enjoyable to write a blog but when it and its author are brought to the attention of the national press it’s clearly most gratifying. Italy depends heavily on the voluntary sector, whether it be in the health services where the “Misericordie” run the ambulances and offer first aid or in the cultural field where Tommy Beecham-like music makers have too often to dip deeply into their pockets to enable funds to be available for their bold initiatives (I am here, of course, referring mainly to Andrea Colombini, progenitor of the “Puccini e la sua Lucca festival” and the city’s most energetic musical ambassador.) Indeed, my first job in Lucca was one in which I was an interpreter for a conference on the voluntary sector.
I’m happy to contribute some of my time to these activities, so essential to the formation of a tolerant, humane and creative society, but when my face appears in an appreciative newspaper article there’s certainly a feeling that it’s truly all been worth it.