The Konzerthaus Berlin insisted on a temperature controlled transport at all times of 20C. We sent our 16.5M custom-built, temperature-controlled trailer to carry out the tour, we couldn’t collect the instruments until 17.00 on a Sunday in Berlin, so due to the weekend driving restrictions imposed on trucks in Europe our ‘poor driver’ Robert had to spend the whole weekend in Berlin, sightseeing and ‘bird-watching’ (according to him) we had no idea he was such a keen Ornithologist. Robert has also fitted his truck with Satellite TV and DVD player should he need to keep track of the football and a cooker and fridge to keep clear of motorway food.
With the imposing 1000+ kms drive from Berlin to Nottingham, Robert drove throughout Sunday night to Monday morning in order to meet the deadline for arrival at the first venue in Nottingham on Tuesday. It is of paramount importance that we arrive in plenty of time to meet the musicians, unload for the afternoon rehearsal. The first concert is always nerve racking for the tour operators IMG Artists, the Orchestra’s musicians and for us, the first nights concert was ultimately a success and the nerves had settled a little from then on.
The tour then took him across the UK from Perth to Belfast to London and Cardiff over the month, each time making the deadlines with time to spare.
We look forward to welcoming the Berlin Orchestra back to the UK next year of course using our temperature controlled transport service