I have had a really quiet restful weekend in London, including a long walk on Sunday which was much overdue given the sedentary nature of the work last week.
The week of competition was hugely enjoyable for many reasons. Copenhagen is a beautiful peaceful city and the Danes are incredibly hospitable. The Danish Radio’s Danish National Symphony Orchestra took on their arduous task with an extraordinary generous collaborative attitude, in addition to playing superbly all week. They made the candidates’ task so much easier than it could have been.
The rather large jury of 16 was benignly and wisely presided over by the remarkable Sakari Oramo. Whilst there were shades of opinion, some quite strongly felt, he enabled us to reach a consensus with no dissent, let alone rancour. It was a masterclass in firm but gentle diplomacy!
Jacob Soelberg and his staff at Nordic Artists did the leg work of organisation with smooth efficiency - a model really. And we the jury were really cared for…….!
We had some fun on Friday with a visit to the Danish Parliament building - the location for Borgen. But apart from that there was little time for recreation.
I leave for Tokyo this afternoon at 4:30, arriving there at 3:30 pm local time tomorrow. I am looking forward to my three days in Japan - more kind hospitable people.