Clarendon Muse School of Music, home of the Hertfordshire Guitar Orchestra

HGO Trip to Mainz - 21st October 2005

We visited this superb City over the weekend 21st to 24th October through the town twinning scheme and played two concerts, including one at the City’s Peter Cornelius Music Conservatory. We were fortunate to have had such carefully made arrangements made for our visit - the achievement of Angela Neumann and Peter Fletcher, respectively the Mainz and Watford twinning officers.

Our trip began with the opportunity created by the town twinning scheme and the ideas of Tom Parsons, our Director and Michael Koch, the responsible guitar teacher at the Peter Cornelius Konservatorium (PCK).

We started our visit with some sight seeing, visiting some of the City’s many attractions.

We visited the cathedral and by chance met the organist, Albert Schoenberger who despite having completed his duties and about to take a deserved break, generously spent some time talking to us about working with the choir, the magnificent organ and managing delay times of between six and eleven seconds as the sound echoes round the vast building. He even gave us a demonstration including the splendid, and very rare, mechanically deployed horizontal trumpets.

Following the visit to the cathedral and sight seeing around Mainz, a civic reception was held at the Town Hall followed with a welcome speech, presentations, ‘photos and drinks and on to a splendid lunch.

Over a 12 month period or so, emails flew, questions asked and answered, difficulties overcome, arrangements made and suddenly (it seemed) it was the evening of Friday 21st of October and we were landing at Frankfurt Airport to start our trip...

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