I’m very glad I went. It was total immersion in everything about horns for 6 days.
What I liked:
Performances all the time. From about 11 am you could attend concerts for the rest of the day and evening.
The opportunity to hear phenomenal hornists play great music. They had an excellent list of great artists.
Good selections of music. From baroque to contemporary to jazz, every type was covered including some world premieres.
A huge amount of lectures to attend covering many different subjects.
Master classes. I learned a lot attending these.
Many horn choir ensembles to choose from if you were a reasonable good hornist.
Tons of horns to test (though for the most part I was too intimidated to try many of them – too many really, really good players in the same room.)
What I didn’t like so much:
The evening performances were in a grand ballroom instead of the auditorium. This made it very difficult to see the performers, especially Annamia Larsson. She is so short that I think only the first row could see her. They had a makeshift stage for some of the performers but if a piano was used the soloist was on the floor.
Too many conflicting events. There were many times when I wanted to go to two different things at the same time. They should have repeated the lectures at a different time slot.
The exhibitors had mostly horns and sheet music and not too many gizmos. I like gizmos a lot but it’s completely understandable why the exhibitors concentrated on horns.
No opportunity to play in small ensembles – e.g. trios, quartets, quintets, etc.
No description about what the horn choirs were going to play and the level of difficulty. If I hadn’t had dinner with the conductor who did the Royal Fireworks I wouldn’t have gone to that ensemble because I would have thought it was too hard for me.
A slight overemphasis of contemporary music which really isn’t my thing.