After our adventures on the train and a subsequent bus trip, we arrived at the beautiful symphony hall in Kielce. What a sanctuary this place is! The building houses the most gorgeous recital hall ever (seating about 400 people) which seems to have been custom built for strings, allowing us to play our concert completely acoustically. In addition, there is an entire wing of the building set aside for artists’ accommodations. In other words, we arrived, travel weary and exhausted, and were able immediately to wash off the overnight trip, rest and practise in our own very lovely suites, eat in a fully stocked kitchen and then go to our rehearsal and performance just down the stairs in the same building! And how marvellous it is to be in Poland again! Having received a very warm reception in Kielce the last time we visited, we were delighted to see patrons who had come to hear us a second time, including one who has become a SuperFan of the octet and shared with us her remarkable photos and video clips of the performance. We played to a highly enthusiastic sold-out audience in a stunning venue, were completely looked after by the amazing crew, and left this place feeling utterly refreshed and inspired by the experience! Next stop: Suleczyno  

(by Ronda Metszies)