Adam Pollock, charmingly as always, gave a delightful dinner party last night to mark the 40th anniversary of the production that he designed there in 1972, Weber's Oberon. So many of our great colleagues have since passed on. And we remembered them with affection, respect and gratitude.
It was a good year. So we talked about Anthony Besch, Michael Geliot, Maria Bjornson, Albert Rosen, Elizabeth Connell..........yes, we had a grand array of people there in 1972.
Those present were David Pountney, who had had directed Katya Kabanova; David Parry who was an absurdly youthful (23) but brilliant member of the music staff; and Chris Barron, now the CEO of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, was a stage manger with very special qualities which have subsequently taken him, together with those others, to the top of his profession. It was a great Kindergarten! What a treat it was to get these few people together yesterday evening. Thank you Adam!
And yesterday afternoon I had enjoyed hearing, at the Barbican concert hall, the Knussen/Sendak double bill again. It was a concert performance with some ingenious projections.
Today - Sunday - I zipped down to Lewes to have lunch with my younger son and his family. This is one of the many joys and advantages of being back in England. As is the opportunity of drinking Harvey's wonderful bitter beer which is available at the pub next door to me in Parson's Green.
The brewery is in Lewes. A monument to one of the finest things in life!
Harvey's Brewery, Lewes, Sussex 12:30 pm November 4 2012