It's that time of year when we start to feel the stress of the impending festive season. Since our July news update seemingly the time has flashed past almost unmarked. Although on reflection, quite a lot has happened and more is in the planning:
Tomorrow Liesl will arrive in Vienna for a three week stay to put the finishing touches to the German version of her book 'Rosl's Daughter'. 'Rosl's Tochter' has been realised in collaboration with Monika Mertl, the well-known Austrian journalist and author who has faithfully translated the English text and added historical background to the period in which it is set. This new book wll be published and launched in March 2014.
Liesl's trip to Austria will include a short visit to Bad Ischl where the long promised street naming ceremony will take place. This will be the culmination of the project inspired and promoted by Liesl to commemorate the work of Fritz Loehner-Beda, satirist, poet, composer and lyricist whose life was cut short as a result of the brutality of the Second World War.
Almost immediately upon her return, Liesl will be hosting her annual 'Kaffee und Kuchen' get-together at which guests are invited to be of good voice and sing both English and Austrian Christmas songs around the piano. Many of the guests are members of the Southern Stammtisch, a group of Austrians and lovers of Austria who meet for lunch and fellowship in Haslemere once a month. The reward to being of hearty voice is lively conversation and laughter over delicious Austrian coffee, pastries and cakes.
The last update included news of Liesl's final performance of the year. This will take place on Friday 6 December at the Phoenix Theatre in Bordon, Hampshire in co-operation with the Anglo-Austrian Society and the Southdern Stammtisch. This year's theme will be 'Krampusfest' a traditional Austrian event to honour St Nicholas and to remind children of his lesser known companion Krampus (the devil) in order to ensure their good behaviour in the frenzied period before Christmas!
The evening will take a look at this unique festival through mask making for those of an adventurous bent, music, words and song with Austria's foremost zither player Cornelia Mayer, the Phoenix Theatre's own Community Choir, singers from the Southern Stammtisch and Liesl herself rounding off the evening with a selection of good old musichall numbers with which the audience will be invited to join in!