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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Tower of London Poppies and some music at Wigmore Hall....

Off to Wigmore Hall today so where to first?  I wanted to see and photograph the Poppies at the Tower of London..  They will be there only till Armistice day and then removed.  They will then be on sale..  I have ordered one in remembrance of my father who was killed in action in 1943 - the money will go to various charities.

At Liverpool Street station....




and then wandering to the Tower..








Rather a few pics of the poppies but given it's a 'once off' occasion..... pity the sun was in the wrong position!




















On the way we came across the Tower Hill Memorial in Trinity Square Gardens, memorial to the Merchant navy..
















and then to Wigmore Hall.  Today's concert was the Cuarteto Casals.. a talented group -  although today Abel Thomas was replaced by Meesun Hong Coleman on the violin.

The Music?

Mozart - Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546

Haydn - String Quartet in C p. 20 No 2

Beethoven - String Quartet in Eb Op. 74 'Harp'

All excellent pieces beautifully played but the Mozart, and in particular, Haydn were my favourites...

Another good day out... in fact, a great weekend altogether :)



Saturday, 20 September 2014

Rigoletto and St Marys Church, Paddington

Up and off to Royal Opera House today to see Rigoletto..  But before that we were visiting St. Mary Magdelene church, in Paddington and it was fascinating. The church was open as part of the Open Houses in London scheme... so glad Pete was aware of this!

We crossed the canal in 'Little Venice' en route from station to church - it was grey and dull and we'd left in a thunderstorm!





The interior is beautiful.









Visiting the crypt is by a guided tour only - and our lady tour guide was very informative and enthusiastic.  We were the only two so...  The Crypt itself is an area which forms an architectural element to the construction of the church itself.  It's never been used for bodies.

However, a chapel was built at a later date and very beautiful it is.  Unfortuately it suffers considerably with damp as the surrounding grounds outside are quite high... but all this is about to be restored shortly

























And so to Royal Opera House... Quacks came with us and here he is waiting patiently for the performance to start....


Amazing performance (synopsis here)  and Alexsandra Kurzak as Gilda, and Sio Keenlyside as Rigoletto were amazing.  The final scene was very emotional !!

Wonderful day out :)
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