While I was in London on Wednesday evening I went to a free concert at the Royal College of Music, in the Parry room at the very top, of Javanese Gamelin music. linked in with some Debussy and Satie piano music which was influenced by it. The students and friends – about fifteen of them at least, all played the strange collection of golden gongs, big gongs and wooden keyboard like xylophone instruments. The whole thing took up about 32 square feet. The music sends you into a trance. What would Parry have thought? It was a worthy codicil to Monday’s funeral, as Barbara studied there, and might have played in that room, sixty years ago or more.
Then in the extended interval they served tasty and filing food from Indonesia for £2 donation. Hey what a find. I think I will link in more with the RGM, as tomorrow’s genius players are there in all their youth and vigour, and the productions are many and various. If I sign up as a friend, then I get in to see even more! By the way, the powers that be have made Jenni Murray a dame. Hooray!