The violinist has posted from her farewell tour as Britain goes back into lockdown:
Well, if this is how it ends, it’s truly ok. I have just given three performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra in the space of less than 24 hours – each performance was unique and enjoyable, spontaneous and lively, optimistic and peaceful. What more could I wish for? ￼￼￼ I began my first professional concerts in 1985 playing with this orchestra and I have given 55 performances in total with them, which is, I gather, the most performances any soloist has ever given with them!￼ I have known various members of the orchestra since my days at the Guildhall School of music and drama – several of them were on stage with me for the last two days. ￼￼A beautiful speech was made about me before the final concert, outlining all the things that I have done over the years with young musicians in the area, and the breadth of concerts and recordings I have given with the orchestra. ￼At the end of the concert, I received a heartwarming standing ovation. I loved playing each concert and am content. Who knows what the coming two months will bring? But one thing I know is that my last few concerts have been full of joy and personal connections with people and players whom I truly value.
Behind the mask is Sandra, Merseyside’s friendliest face.