The pictures above and below were taken from the same spot at 7:45 yesterday evening - quick shots outside the Maltings before a wonderful concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Adès. This was just the kind of programme that defines the Aldeburgh Festival, and it was gratifying to see the full house cheering loudly and at length after an exhilarating evening.
After a luminous performance of Ma mère l'oye we had Gerald Barry's spectacular Piano Concerto - dispatched with brilliance by Nicolas Hodges. And then another piece for the pianist with orchestra by Francisco Coll-Garcia. Such contrast and such light and shade, and darkness - two truly absorbing pieces chosen, presumably, by the resident genius Thomas Adès. And we finished with Adès's own Tevot - powerful and consoling music. To come out of a concert of almost entirely 21st Century music so thrilled and energised is reassuring indeed about serious music in our time.
There is more good stuff today will be reported on later if there is time - otherwise tomorrow morrning!