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June – Busy Wedding Season

June 

– Busy Wedding Season – 

19060043_1438614322866840_5359006123878234568_nThe month started with two wedding performances. The first wedding I performed at was in Rudding Park, during the wedding drinks reception. I know this venue very well, two years ago I took part in a documentary about my career, the Polish Discovery Chanel filming team flew to the UK and my interview was shot in Rudding Park’s grounds and inside the house.

The second wedding was a much more relaxed one. I performed 19399891_1447536645307941_8807401278944656035_n
outdoor at the drinks reception at a farm. The bride and groom hired a marquee for their wedding breakfast and there were old tractors and trucks outside the marquee.

The weather at both weddings was magnificent!

 

DSC04297Following that, I performed at Thorpe Park Hotel, Leeds, for a wedding ceremony. The bride requested ‘Make You Feel My Love’ performed on my clear electric violin when she DSC04284walked down the aisle. After that I drove to Bridlington, where I
performed at a concert with the Military Wives Choir at the Burlington Church. I performed DSC04282in both half’s of the concert, first on my classical violin, classical pieces selection, with the finale performed by the choir and me – Ashokan Farewell. I was really surprised when I heard the pianist, Malcolm Maddock with whom I have also worked in the past! It was a very nice addition to be able to do some pieces together.

 

 
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The next wedding ceremony I performed at was held at Yorebridge House in the Yorkshire Dales. It was such a lovely hot and sunny day! I 19601456_1456462981081974_1403340076600015511_nperformed before the wedding ceremony on my electric violin followed by music during the ceremony on my classical violin. The bride and groom sent me a Thank You card afterwards! At the end of the month, I performed at a wedding in York, Taylors Hall and Merchants Hall at a civil wedding ceremony and drinks reception.

 

 

 

19225909_1441908322537440_2553988991234634354_nI really do like performing in London, the only disadvantage that very often puts me off is the hassle of getting to London, unloading my equipment and parking the car! This time it wa19248072_1455136994547906_8760374356313131695_ns stress free, as I was performing at M Restaurant where I had my own allocated car parking space in the basement, with a lift going directly to the floor where my performance was. I was
performing for BT and Huwei at their corporate event in the City of London. I performed on my classical violin 3 x 45 mins sets followed by my final sent on my clear electric violin.

 

May – Searching for the Spirit of Spring

MAY


-Searching for the Spirit of Spring –

DSC04154May started with my performance at a 70th Birthday party at Rugby club in Widmerpool Yvonne invited me to perform for her friends and family when having a dinner party, celebrating her big day.
The lady was a magistrate throughout her life and I could hear lots of impressive stories from her career days.

 

I also performed at wedding ceremony followed by a drinks reception at beautiful Kirkstall Abey in Leeds! This is one of my very favorite places in Leeds and also local so less travelling for me :-) DSC04166

The wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful and grand – the couple got married in the open air ruins of Kirkstall Abey – (ruins of …. ‘history’). This was a magnificent wedding – the one I will never forget.

I have also managed to sneak into the recording studio to record a couple of tunes – hopefully soon to be released. My house took all my attention so far, therefore all the creative projects are postponed for a ‘later date’.

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With my producer, Will Jackson, we have recorded a completely new piece, that I was inspired to write after my visits to India. We have also recorded Romance for Violin – for which the video will be published soon. IMG_8306I enjoy my time in the recording studio, it is an entirely different vibe, I get focused and record in peace, without anyone disturbing! All phones and emails OFF!

 

What I have recently discovered is that my neighbor makes and sells beautiful colorful candles. I only found out because he heard me practice the violin in my house and mentioned him being creative too.
It is nice when I can share my music also with my closest family and friends. A good friend of mine, Dawn, had requested me to show her two little children the violin. They have only seen my performances and heard my music online or on CDs; they rarely have any time to do anything outside of their everyday routine due to extensive sport activities.
The children were very excited to be able to see my electric and classical violins and even managed to sing along to some tunes I played for them.

2017-05-28 14.24.54The last concert I gave in May, was an open-air performance for the opening of a new bandstand in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.
I performed in both half’s of the concert on my electric violin, show pieces from my ‘cruise ship show’ repertoire. 2017-05-28 13.54.03I was a guest artist at the event, there was a brass band preforming also on that day.
What a loud sound they can make – they definitely do not need any amplification or speakers to be carried for them :-)

 

The event was also featured in a local newspaper:

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April: New born baby, I am now ……an AUNTIE!

April

New born baby, I am now ……an AUNTIE

………for the first time ever 😉

 

What a month! On 5th April, my sister in law, Agnes, gave birth to my nephew Stanislaw Kacper Chruscicki. The name Stanislaw (Stasiu; Stan) was given in memory of my late father. We are all so overwhelmed with this fabulous news. The boy is cute and lovable!

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However, the month really started with my performance on 1st April at a wedding ceremony and drinks reception at Thorpe Park Hotel, Leeds, followed by my performance at Grosvenor Casino in Nottingham where I launched the multimillion pound refurbishment of the casino.
DSC03861I performed on my electric violin; upbeat and modern pieces with my violin illuminating. It was a great night! And despite 1st April being – a Fools Day – no, I am not making all of the above up.

 

I have exhibited at the wedding faire at the Holiday Inn in Brighouse, Leeds, as well as at Hazelwood Castle, where I met with my new and existing brides. If you are thinking about booking me for your special day – please get in touch – I have a list of wedding faires I attend where you can hear me play and discuss your special day and any possible requests.
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Another highlight of the month was a performance for Dunlop Oil & Marine Ltd, at their annual technical conference held at Forest DSC03872-1Pines, Lincolnshire. Dunlop manufacture rubber hoses used in the oil industry, so there were guests who had travelled from all over the world to attend the conference. I gave my electric violin performance during a drinks reception for the arriving guests. There was also a caricaturist, who managed to capture a drawing of me playing the violin!
By chance, I listened to Amy’s McDonald’s radio live-streamed concert from Newcastle. What a voice! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHer new album sounds brilliant (I do own a copy too!) and her performance, charisma and the stage presence are very entertaining – from what I could gather listening to her in my car,
travelling to another wedding performance near Darlington, Middleton Lodge. At Mddleton Lodge, I have performed on both my classical violin and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAelectric violin during the whole day.

It means I entertained guests with my violins during the wedding ceremony, drinks reception and the wedding breakfast that was held in the marquee. The day was very sunny which also added to the day.

My boyfriend and I travelled to Wroclaw, Poland, for Easter family celebrations and also to see my nephew for the first time. I do love spending time with my family, I try to see them as much as possible and miss them a lot. Having chosen my violin career and moving to live alone in the UK, over staying in Poland, unfortunately makes it impossible to see them regularly. Therefore whenever I do see them I make sure we spend the time well together.

My final performance was for a wedding at Kilworth House, Leicestershire – I performed for both the wedding ceremony and drinks reception. What a stunning hotel, full of history. The couple were so impressed with my performance, I was given a bouquet of flowers… just to say Thank You!

From non-musical or family activities to some life enjoyment – I visited Fountains Abbey and Harewood House to get some music inspiration and also to have some time off and relax. April weekends in the UK were very sunny; I really like spring, all the daffodils and tulips look beautiful when they are in the peak of their blooming season. But … I do love all the flowers!

One sunny day, in the afternoon, my boyfriend surprised me. He sent tulips via courier to my house :-) He really knows how to make me smile!

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March: My Birthday on Barcelona Marathon Day – 12 March 2017

MARCH

My Birthday on Barcelona Marathon Day

12 March 2017

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This was a very special month; I ran the Zurich Barcelona Marathon on my Birthday! This year I decided to do something more remarkable than a usual birthdayIMG_7868 party for friends and
family.

Running a marathon for Cancer Research UK fitted this criteria. I raised lots of money, probably over £3,000 – this is to be checked and confirmed as the donations still keep on coming until the end of the year

 

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However, before I set of for sunny Spain I have performed at a Ruby Wedding Anniversary at Wentbridge Hotel near Doncaster. It was so lovely to see the couple being still in love after 4
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Before I set of for sunny Spain, I have performed at a Ruby Wedding Anniversary at Wentbridge Hotel near Doncaster. It was so lovely to see the couple being still so much in love after 40 years together. Relationships like this very rarely happen nowadays; it makes me think often about my own life and how I wish I would want to spend my life with someone who truly loves me ‘for better and for the worse’. DSC03446At the same time I am wondering how many couples I performed for at their weddings are now divorced? Apparently the statistics say it is 3 on 4 marriages that fall apart. Shame things are no longer as they used to be when our grandparents were getting married. Shame we live in a disposable world, where like in a supermarket, you can get another latest product model without trying to fix the old one.
But HEY! It means I perform at more wedding than I would be if the relationships lasted forever – which I can’t really complain about ;-

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Barcelona! What a vibrant place, Las Ramblas is where all the nightlife is happening. Having had a hotel in the very center, I could admire the local life and Spanish culture. But I am actually not a big fan of Spain, from very personal reasons actually. I very much dislike Spain after visiting Madrid back in August 2014. However, we should not judge the whole country based on one incident – well, true, but it still does not appeal to me as much as other Southern European countries.

I ran the entire marathon, 42km (26 miles) in exactly the same time as I did in New York, 4h 44 minutes – it is called consistency! The same running music set list must be the key, thank you Coldplay for keeping me going!

After the run, of course, I needed to relax. Relaxing in the hotels top floor open swimming pool was all I needed for my tired legs.

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After having returned from Barcelona I had one day to expect my new Italian sofa delivery and then… back on a plane to Cairo, DSC03607where I did three solid days of electric violin performances, 3 performances on each day, launching the new shopping center – Mall Of Egypt! I never travel alone outside of the European Union, hence on this occasion, I took with me my boyfriend who luckily still had some holiday days to use from the previous year.

 

In Egypt I had to be all covered up for my performances because it is a Muslim country.

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In Egypt I also had the chance to visit the Pyramds and the Sphinx, as well as ride on a camel J This is a real perk of my job – I really do get to see places I would probably never got to see.

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On the way back to the UK, I was really surprised at the airport security in Turkey when the immigration officer knew who I was by my name, without even looking into my passport! Fame at last.

However, we also experienced the worst plane turbulence in my entire life. When crossing the mountains over Serbia, the aircraft was shaking so badly, all drinks landed on the floor and I quietly was praying it is not the end of my life! Thankfully I am still alive

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February: In Love On Valentine’s Day

FEBRUARY

– In Love on Valentine’s Day-

 

February was another whirlwind month in both my personal and professional life.

As you are aware, the refurbishment of my house has been a long ongoing project, but finally the carpets in my house were fitted. This meant that the bed could be taken out of storage and assembled; I finally could have a good night’s sleep, instead of sleeping on a mattress on the floor!

DSC03409I played at a number of events in February – I was requested to perform at Grosvenor Casino in Leeds, where I gave an Electric Violin performance at their launch event after the casino had undergone a major refurbished. If you have not visited the casino after the refurb, then it is well worth a visit.

 

IMG_7708I also performed at a wedding held at Thorpe Park Hotel, Leeds. The colour of my dress, navy blue, matched the decorations. I really enjoy performing at weddings in Thorpe Park Hotel, it is a lovely venue and also great as it is just minutes away from where I live.

 

 

IMG_7668-1My other notable performance in February was at BiBis Restaurant in Leeds for Valentines Day. I have performed at BiBis on Valentines Day now for many years. I performed loved songs on my classical violin, walking around the tables. My partner accompanied me for dinner in the restaurant afterwards.  Due to it being our first Valentine’s as a couple – believe me or not – I actually declined a Caribbean cruise offer for the same date… all in name of LOVE!

 

Apart from preforming, I have also done some training at Roundhay Park in Leeds; running around the lake, making sure my legs are in good shape. IMG_7630
I have also been training and fundraising in Norfolk. Running alongside the beach, on top of the cliffs in Sherringham Park was absolutely stunning. All this training is for the Barcelona Marathon 2017, with the aim to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research.

 

 

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My name day gift – Skeleton – was finally assembled in February. Finally, because my house, until then was still under the major renovation. It can get lonely leaving alone in a house, the skeleton was given a name BOB and he became my new housemate. A Name day, accordingly to catholic church tradition, is a way of celebrating a Saint’s birthday. My name day is on 25th November, when st Catherine was born.

January: NEW Year NEW Challenges NEW Resolutions

January 2017!

 “Hello From The Other Side!”—Adele

So far with these blogs I’ve spent a lot of time talking about my adventures and accomplishments. Now I’d like to reflect upon “another side” and reveal what it’s like behind what may seem like a glamourous lifestyle as an international musician.

I’ve often received advice from those who know me well: they say I should slow down and stop working so hard.

After some soul searching, I’ve finally realized and can admit that these people who care about me are, in fact, quite right– I must embrace every moment, as I’ll never get these times back. Although I certainly enjoy performing (especially bringing joy to an audience), I need to stop going overboard into such a frantic whirl of performances, and, more so, all that goes with them (travelling and working on preparations in my office)…which can lead to me ignoring the outside world and missing important things that are happening around me.

Therefore…this year I vow to take some time off work—to do the “normal”/natural things I should be doing—sleeping more, eating better, do (even) more exercise and travel LESS (on business). You may think it’s great to travel – in some ways – it is. But not when you spend almost an entire year abroad, like I did for the past two years on 4 different continents in X number of countries I never thought I would visit in my life—it’s exhausting!—and I don’t always have time to explore these new places, which can be frustrating.

I mean, 2016 was a VERY busy performing year!

  • I traveled 67,000 miles / 107,826.05 kilometers outside of the UK.
  • Additionally, I traveled over 40,000 miles / 64,000 kilometers within the UK on my car to various performances. Despite such high numbers I did NOT have a single accident! (I must be good driver!)
  • I also travelled on foot!—running two marathons – London 2016 & New York 2016, and managed to fundraise 10,785.55 GBP for Cancer Research.

Here are some of the places I visited:

  • INDIA – KOLKATA
  • INDIA – GOA
  • INDONESIA – BALI
  • SINGAPORE
  • THAILAND
  • MYANMAR
  • SRI LANKA
  • POLAND (twice)
  • IRELAND
  • NORTHERN IRELAND
  • NORWAY (twice)
  • DENMARK
  • FINLAND
  • RUSSIA – St. Petersburg
  • LATVIA
  • PORTUGAL
  • SPAIN
  • USA – New York

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These places where I’ve performed are truly stunning and unforgettable. Part of me is always very grateful that my work takes me all over the world.

However, in my job it’s very difficult, for example, to have relationship due to constant travelling or being jet-lagged after travelling. This year I decided to focus on my boyfriend and make the most of living in my beautiful, freshly renovated house and just simply enjoy sunrises and sunsets from my own bed instead of a hotel’s bed or a bed at my cruise cabin.

In 2017 I am still planning on fundraising for Cancer Research UK, running the Barcelona Marathon (on my birthday) and climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in October. I will also be re-releasing my second album in November :-)

I know…sounds busy already…but I also have some more “relaxing” goals—like finishing my garden and enjoying the blooms! Relax, relax, relax—I must remind myself!

Really, the plan is working so far: in January, I already worked less. I did perform at a wedding ceremony at St John the Baptist Church (all the best for Samantha and Robert) and at York Marriott—but that’s all!

Instead of packing in the performances, I actually enjoyed watching other musicians; i.e. I went to Sheffield Ball Room & City Hall to see an Australian fingerstyle guitarist Tommy Emmanuell at his tour ‘It’s Never Too Late’ –a very poignant sentiment, which I’ve taken to heart.

So starting in 2017, say “hello” to the new me. I will adjust my focus—beyond performing and travelling—to “the other side” of life!

Festive December ★

 Party, Party, Party—and parking! 

It’s not hard to guess why December is one of my favourite months…Christmas, of course! Since I was little girl I always adored all the Christmas preparations and spending time with my family.

But first, “Tis the season to be”… performing at corporate Christmas parties!

15590899_1269139336481007_2442844455345030341_oMy initial “jolly do” was for Hiscox Insurance. What a fabulous new modern glass building they are based in! It’s in the centre of York, which is lovely—except if you’re trying to park a car! (Thanks goodness I had my boyfriend with me, who managed to sort out all logistics and get my ‘black arrow’ parked somewhere secure!)

I also performed at the Christmas party  Aspire Leeds , for an accounting firm. Another central location—this time in the middle of Leeds, but I’m more used to this one, since I’ve performed there quite regularly throughout the years for various corporate and private clients. It’s also an unforgettable venue (for a variety of reasons–I had my first car’s back door 15823312_1277568778971396_8211070669553364389_nsmashed due to my –at the time- poor car parking skills). But we all learn from mistakes…with so much practice in tricky places, my parking skills have become almost as strong as my violining (well, almost)!
This month also saw me rounding off the year with more wedding performances. One was really momentous – a military outdoor (yes, in December!) wedding ceremony, followed by indoor (which I was originally relieved to hear) wedding drinks reception at The Inn on the Lake in Cumbria. I’ve never performed at a Military wedding 16105612_1292450824149858_450513062860970582_nbefore, so this was actually a novelty for me. The military uniforms of the ushers were very distinguished, along with the groom’s friends, escorting the bride ensembled in
traditional dapper British suits. It was fittingly a very picturesque setting, overlooking lake and the mountains. And the weather was actually amazing too (we weren’t pining for cover inside!) No snow or rain – instead 17’C and sunshine – not bad for England, eh?

Of course, I’m always grateful to spend some time at “ho-ho-home” at Christmas. Although it wasn’t white (no snow this year), there was certainly all sorts of nice, traditional food; plenty of colourful decorations and a big tree gleaming with lights (none of which I have a hand in as, like always, I arrived home at the last minute!) And as usual, my mum ornaments everything in her patented “baroque” style—my brother and I always try to keep a straight face when complimenting her efforts—look at each other, and crack up like crazy! ???

But the important and amazing thing is that whole family was in attendance—and together we celebrated and laughed (a lot!). Although, they did insist that we watch the documentary about me, “Success does not know/have boundaries” (shot in Novemebr 2015 in Leeds by Polish TV crew from Discovery Channel). It was quite embarrassing watching myself on screen, surrounded by family and friends!

Even my cousin came to join us—he is a very talented composer and marimba player (check out http://www.lucid-duo.com to explore his exciting c6cc3ca19adb3e92555b9636711977de_1200x800musical duo with Bulgarian percussion player, Irena Malonova). It was fascinating to find out about their recent tour of Japan—a place I’ve always wanted to see.
What made our holiday celebration even more special was my Grandma’s birthday on Christmas Eve—she’s now 80! What a fabulous age! She’s doing so well and we are all very proud of her.

After all this joy at Christmas, I had two interesting interviews at a local Radio Koszalin, where presenters asked to reflect upon my career and music. The interview went well and will be translated and streamed on YouTube soon—so stay tuned!15672663_1274765525918388_2292666367073498801_n

 

15874714_1285966868131587_4397117401762129146_oAlways sad to bid farewell to Poland, but it was eventful returning to
the UK, for a performance at a New Year’s Eve wedding ceremony and drinks reception at the majestic Hazelwood Castle to welcome a new couple and say goodbye to 2016 (another amazing year!)

 

 

Still, working on New Year’s Eve? Well, yes – but I still had time tenjoy myself and greet 2017 in style. I spent New Year’s night
in BiBis Italianisimo – on Elvis night,2017
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guest for a change—wi
th the all-time King of Rock!

 

 



November: Time For Changes

In the very beginning of the month I was still visiting Poland, Wroclaw where my brother and his wife live. I decided to visit unknown to me hairdresser … and after very time consuming visit I ended up with A FRINGE and half-length darker hair. I could not recognize myself in the mirror! That was a beginning of surprises this month brought!

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After returning to the UK I had just less than 12 hours to ‘pack myself’ and set to New York To run TCS New York Marathon 2016! In NY I managed to have also some photos and video footage done for an upcoming video. Cutting a long US story short – I completed the marathon in 4h 44 minutes, Raised for Cancer Research UK £5185,52, Donald Trump won the president election (I witnessed this historical moment in New York…) and I came back bringing a boyfriend with me. It can only happen in America!

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After returning I have performed a series of gigs. I played at famous Fenwick in Newcastle twice at their Christmas Shopping Event. I performed at weddings at Wentbridge House and Clumber Park. I have also performed at a Winter Wonderland – Round Table Charity Ball in Sussex.

And of course the icing on a cake – It was the final closing event of Bruce Grant’s  PONT Charity GROUP where I was invited to perform and attend the dinner. Earlier this year Bruce organised a charity concert for Cancer Research UK to raise funds towards my London Marathon target. Bruce turned 90 (!!!) on Boxing Day – 26th December – and just now decided to retire :

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And Finally. Something spectacular I have witnessed. Not only a great musicianship and concert. It was a spectacular show. I had a chance to attend L. Einaudi’s concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall during his tour ‘Elements’.

The whole experience was speechless; ‘Night’ is my new favorite piece of this modern classical fusion composer and artist! Such art’s simplicity with unbeatable charm and courtesy. Thank you for so amazing soul and mid experience. The concert gave me a lot to think also about my personal musical development and changes … that will be implemented into my style in 2017!

October: Majestic Ocean Views and Monumental Projects

My apologies for not posting anything earlier! I have to admit sometimes my personal life gets in the way of my work life and I have to cut corners—in this case, my blog! I promise in 2017 I will keep it up to date (relatively!) :-)

In the beginning of October I went on cruise to Canary Islands on a beautiful Saga Pearl II ship. It was my début on the ship and I am hoping to sale with them again soon. I do like the Canaries—mostly because of the fact I was very fortunate so far to have fantastic weather! My favourite is actually a little island called El Hierro, the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canaries. I did my marathon training there, 20km run. I’d certainly recommend early morning running (before it gets too hot!) whilst overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; it was one of my best experiences ever. The Atlantic has very deep blue/navy colour that captivates me. So much that after the workout I could not resist jumping into the ocean for a swim! :-)

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Of course it wasn’t just about training and swimming in the Atlantic; I also performed two of my shows. The usual classical performance, right? Not quite, because this one was on Halloween. The band and I gave a dark, spooky performance, all decked out in black!

When I came back to England I had a rollercoaster at the building site (in case you don’t know, I’m project managing the building and renovation of my house – I’ve actually taken on this monumental task entirely on myself, nobody’s really assisted me apart from my closest family—who are living far away…). Although the project has been ultra-stressful, I am quite proud of achieving something different than pleasing people by playing the violin. (I hope to ultimately find some happiness myself, if this house ever gets finished!) I have to admit projects like this are a very good love therapy for singles :-) You have absolutely NO time to find a second half!

Apart from cruises and my house saga, I performed in one of my favourite places, Scotland, both in Stirling and also in Kirkcaldy, where I had a chance to train alongside the beach overlooking sunrises. I don’t have words to explain how much I love looking at big waters – one of the main benefits to performing on cruises!

Back on dry land I also performed at beautiful weddings at Allerton Castle, Nostell Priory, Hazelwood Castle, Owston Hall.

Finally…I visited my homeland – Poland! My brother, is now happily married to Agnes who is a barrister – I could not feel any safer having two lawyers in my family 😉 And they are expecting a first baby – a boy. It has been officially announced that he will be named after my dad – that absolutely crushed my mums heart when she heard it J The baby is a first descendant of our family’s crest J My brother decided to record his debut album when waiting for the arrival of the baby. Can you guess who joined him in the recording studio? Fingers crossed our first sibling record will be released before April 2017!

Sunny, Spectacular September

What fabulous weather we’ve enjoyed this month—is it still summer?

Once again, I’ve relished performing for lovely people at many beautiful wedding venues. I felt like royalty at Carlton Towers, which is a “Grade I listed Victorian gothic country house in Carlton, North Yorkshire, England” and the family home of Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard. It was so exciting to perform at such an exquisite ceremony!

What was also a brilliant, but more unusual experience for me, was performing at a Bollywood wedding. I don’t often entertain at Bollywood weddings, as they usually require a specific nature of performance. But this time the bride wanted something different—she asked for classical and popular pieces selection. I did play a Bollywood piece when the bride entered the reception venue; it was one of my very favourite Bollywood pieces, “Kal Ho Naa How” (the piece is going to be recorded and filmed in not too distant future). It all reminded me of my enthralling time in Mumbai last December. Unfortunately, I was so busy that I ran out of time to visit the famous Bollywood Studio. I’ll put it on my bucket list of things to do in the future!

This month I also attended a bridal event at Bar Soba Leeds hosted by Bridal Emporium (http://www.the-bridal-emporium.com). These are girls who specialise in beautiful custom bridal dresses design. It was a fabulous evening, featuring a fashion show with a catwalk and many exhibitors. I performed on my electric violin during the drinks reception and after the show. I hope I looked glamourous enough to fit in with all the fantastic fashionJ!

And finally, perhaps the most amazing of the amazing…The Scandinavian Cruise! I performed my shows again on beautiful MS Black Watch, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. I visited Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Riga and Oslo. One of the perks of performing on a cruise is certainly the experience of seeing so many new places, meeting interesting people, and learning unexpected information. I was also able to find out more about my ancestry and heritage—do I seem like Viking violinist?!

What’s more, I maintained my fitness discipline and did a lot of training for quickly approaching TCS New York Marathon. Actually, running is a great way of sightseeing – seriously! When I train and run 15-20 kilometres I am able to see a good chunk of the cities I visit (although sometimes in a blur when I speed up!.So keeping fit and exploring new territory= a win/win situation! Maybe all this training will also lead me to winning the marathon. Seriously though, all I really care about is doing my best and contributing to fighting cancer with Cancer Research UK.

The bonus this month was that I discovered great news from my Alma Mater, the University of Leeds. The University was selected by The Times and the Sunday Times as…

***the University of Year, 2017***

What a remarkable distinction!!! And I think they fully deserve it. I’m very proud to be a graduate from Leeds Uni!

Goodness, so many fun and fantastic things happening—can October top this?! I can’t wait to see!:)