Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Education, art and music

Brent left to go back to Utrecht yesterday afternoon - it was great having a house guest and nice being able to return the favour.

This morning I went out to see Bruce M at Harrow-on-the-Hill. He spends a couple of months there every year, accompanying for students' music exams. We went on a huge walk up the hill and around the various buildings that make up the school. The view from the top of the hill is wonderful - you can see all the major London buildings.

Afterwards we jumped on the train into London and went to the Royal Academy where, thanks to Bruce's membership, we lunched in the Members' Lounge before spending some time taking in the Academy's Summer Exhibition. There was an extraordinary range of works, ranging from prints, through paintings and prints to a fascinating collection of architectural models.

This evening I took the train over to Shoreditch where I went to a concert by the Joyful Company of Singers. It consisted of various settings by Victoria interspersed with settings of the same texts by modern composers -  Pärt, Campkin, O'Regan and Jackson. The performances were very satisfying: nice tone, well tuned and intelligently performed; while not without a couple of shaky moments, in all it was a very satisfying night.

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