Today I  went to Lucca where I read Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” to my seconda media class. I had simplified the text to suit the class’s level of English. An enjoyable morning was spent and I could see the children thoroughly interested in this timeless story. Not so enjoyable was getting to Lucca: first a scooter ride to Fornoli station (30 minutes) in icy rain and then a train journey down the Serchio valley to Lucca. Still rain, rain, rain. Fortunately the school is nearby (San Concordio). After the lessons I met Maestro Francesco Cipriano who presented me with his delightful “Favole di Tommaso” – a musical based on stories he told to his grandson. The first one is titled “La volpe e il pulcino”,. The beautifully produced book comes complete with music score and CD of a recording of his work. This is going to be a big week for Lucca (and Francesco) – lots of events and concerts (including Boccelli and a performance of Beethoven’s 9th) are part of a bid for Lucca to become Italy’s second UNESCO city of music. It certainly deserves to become one.

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