I did not get home until somewhat late last night after an exceptionally entertaining evening at the Garrick. But let's first give you a tip for a rather unusually good pub lunch in an out of the way place - certainly worth a detour.
This is The Lord Stanley in Camden Park Road, north of Kings Cross. I had a lunch date with Anthony and Camilla Whitworth-Jones and we went to their "local". And what a find - really delicious food, untypical of what one normally finds in pubs, and incredibly reasonably priced.....this is definitely worth going the extra mile for.
After lunch I had a short meeting with Fiona James - the excellent Australian mezzo who is a trustee of the foundation Elizabeth Connell set up to support the award that will bear her name. I think that this annual award will be a huge opportunity for actual or potential dramatic sopranos under the age of 35. The first "contest" will be in 2014. It was greatly disappointing to me not to have been able to be at the Memorial event at St John's, Smith Square last Saturday evening.
And yesterday evening we had a fun time at the Garrick with Tony Pappano charming everyone in his interview with Jim Naughtie. There was a packed house - including those celebrated characters from the movie Quartet, John Rawnsley (a typically ebullient Garrick member) and his wife Nuala Willis whom I have known since we were 20 year olds together at Glyndebourne in 1962. Nuala worked in the wardrobe - and then developed into a magnificent character contralto - which trade she continues to ply 50 years later! And what fun they had with Dustin Hoffman in the making of the movie......
It was a late night. And today the sun is shining again.