Former All Blacks captain Anton Oliver is on tour with the NZSO this week as their guest narrator in the classic tale "Peter and the Wolf". Check in each day for an update on where they are and what he and the band are up to.
After a long day in the airport I finally got to Dunedin late last night - hurrah!
Yesterday's weather meant that the planned trip to Blenheim and chance to speak at Marlborough Boys' College, my old school, wasn't possible. I waited from 7.30am until 3pm at Wellington's airport for a flight to Christchurch and then further delays until I got into Dunedin at 7pm: I'm glad that day is over.
While I was at the airport, I happened to meet a few people who had gone to the performance on Saturday night. One particular lady told me how much her grandchildren enjoyed themselves, which was lovely to hear.
An hour or so later I received a call from NZSO office to see how my flights were going and they also told me about the conversation I just had with the grandmother.
Perplexed, I asked how this could be. Turns out someone had put a post about our chat on Facebook. What a small world.
I lived in Dunedin for 14 years and so I've got loads of things to do and people to meet and only one day to do it in. I'm conscious that I haven't actually looked at the music score or my lines for Peter and the Wolf since Saturday night and I need to find time to do that before tonight's performance at the Town Hall.
It was such a relief to get Saturday out of the way without any major mistakes that it would be easy to fall into the trap and think that all the work is done. Well it isn't - I've got five more performances to go and I've got to make sure that I don't the preparation for any of them for granted.
Anton performs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra tonight at Dunedin's Town Hall at 6.30pm.
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