This evening I was at a memorial concert at the Cadogan Hall celebrating the life and friendship of Leo de Rothschild.
A wonderful program had been put together according to Leo's wishes. Raymond Leppard conducted, the English Chamber Orchestra played, the Bach Choir sang, and his niece Charlotte de Rothschild was the radiant soloist in Mozart's Laudate Dominum from the Vespers.
Leo was a trustee of Glyndebourne, and a close friend of the Christie family and of Raymond Leppard, when I first met him 50 years ago. Leo's part in the support of so many English musical institutions was unique. He was a constant presence in our lives for the almost three decades that I was at Glyndebourne. Such passionate municificent philanthropy is rare enough, without being combined with the gift of friendship and loyalty that Leo provided. They were great times. He will be so missed for his wisdom, warmth, and humanity. And his passionate love of music.
I was so happy that he made it to Chicago in 2006 for our production of Dido and Aeneas which his old friend Raymond Leppard conducted. He then went off on a trip on a steam train - the other passion in his life as demonstrated in the photo above!.
So it was a great evening, with the opportunity to connect with so many old friends and colleagues, in particular with the Glyndebourne family which has so formed my life and career.