Cowart's Common Room
From the ridiculous to the sublime

This evening we have been in one of the big houses of Northumberland, at a concert in aid of the Charlotte Straker Care Home. G came too and we both enjoyed ourselves a lot.
I expected to be tired after the marathon earlier in the day, but we sat near the front and were entertained by 3 lovely artistes, who gave their time free for the C. S.
There was a soprano, a bass/baritone and a pianist. In the first half they performed serious stuff. The 1st movement of Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata, played with great gusto and 'brio' by Robert Gardener was a splendid start. Rachel Foote and Edward Ferguson, accompanied by Robert, sang Bach, Sullivan, Handel, Schubert and Mozart. Is it a sign of my shallow musical appreciation that I enjoyed Die Forelle (The Trout) most, having had to sing it in German at school?
We enjoyed a break for refreshments during which I was cross-questioned by lots of people about the selection this morning. Rather fun to be one of the people in the know, for a change.
The second half was great fun. Scott Joplin, Gershwin (lots), Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Cohen and - to my great delight - Flanders & Swann. The Gnu was brilliantly sung and "the beard in her ear saying Have some Madeira M'dear" was triffic! But best was the Hippopotamus because we were all expected to join in with Mud, glorious mud. (Anyone else a Flanders and Swann fan?)
A happy evening was had by all and lots of money was made for the Care Home - tickets and donations.

Posted at 15th Nov 2008 - 10:07PM   Posted by Withy Brook   From the ridiculous to the sublime Comments: 2

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Salle de Bain's Avatar Nothing quite like it for cooling the bloodWink

Great that so much money was raised for a good cause...

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 15th Nov 2008 at 10:29PM

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Elizabethd's Avatar I still have my old 33 record of F and S...wonderful pair.

Posted by: Elizabethd on 16th Nov 2008 at 10:10AM

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