I’m just getting back into my stride for Initforthehoney. Here’s 7 Good Things that happened in November.
- Fireworks at Alexandra Palace. Though it was a very blustery evening the fireworks were the very best I’ve ever seen. It’s especially nice to be in London for 5th November. It’s the second time I’ve gone up for fireworks displays. The previous one was at Blackheath in South London. That was ace but this had the grander view with London spread out below, twinkling, prettily.
- Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at the Colston Hall, Bristol. Astounding performance with beautiful singing. If you haven’t been to a classical concert this year, or ever before, try to get yourself to your nearest good venue for such things and go. Tickets can be very reasonable and it’s unlike anything else you’ll experience. I am awed by the individual musicians’ capacity to master not only their own instrument but also work together as an orchestra of 100. This performance contained two orchestras and a huge number of choristers, 4 choirs worth! Here’s the description from Colston Hall website, ‘Featuring Bristol Choral Society, Gloucester Choral Society, Choristers of Bristol Cathedral and Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraConductor Adrian Partington
Soprano Alwyn Mellor
Tenor James Gilchrist
Baritone Stephan Loges
“The poetry is in the pity… all a poet can do is warn”. So wrote Wilfred Owen whose poems are ingeniously stitched into the Latin texts of the Requiem in Britten’s own ‘warning’ – composed to mark the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral following its destruction by air raid in World War 2. Scored for massive forces including two orchestras, large choir and a boys’ choir, Britten’s impassioned plea for peace and reconciliation stunned its first audience into silence before heartfelt applause at its 1962 premiere. With a trio of distinguished soloists, and fresh from masterminding summer’s Three Choirs Festival, Adrian Partington leads an epic and fitting finale to our Britten 100 weekend.’.
- My brother Gwilym came to visit Bristol and we had a whirlwind of doing fun stuff much of which will feature here…
- Sunday lunch at Runcible Spoon. 3 courses and a Bloody Mary for £18? Don’t mind if I do!
- Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 at new venue, M Shed down on the harbour side.
- Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall. I spent the day helping out here and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the talented makers and greeting all the visitors. A long day on my feet but lots to keep me interested.
- The Bronze Medal, again at Colston Hall! My friend is a good friend of the band and performed with them on their album launch night so I went down with Gwilym to check them out. Great vocals and much more but I’m rubbish at describing music so just have a listen for yourselves.