Gongs and gongs

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!

About mrsgarnettsgarden

After a life in International Development where I have seen many resililent women farmers bring abundance out of almost nothing, I'm now more often at home in Derbyshire with my husband David, a retired Archdeacon who runs the churches on the Chatsworth estate. Our garden and my allotment are the setting for a little diary of plants and pottering, aided and abetted by our dogs, Spaniel jess, and Collie, Pip. David is a hen fanatic so the chicken runs encroach ever nearer the house. I work freelance as an assessor for Comic Relief International grants, and also run a little not for profit agency to help African women get going in business, called "Lasting Solutions."
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