An early Sunday evening feast of top class music making at King's Place is one of the many benefits of London life. And this time we had the exceptional treat of the Czech Wihan Quartet plus the bonus of Sofya Gulak for Schumann's joyful Piano Quintet. Throughout we had serious music making and an exuberance in the Schumann that took our collective breath away! How good to have a repeat of part of the Scherzo as a bis/encore! Wow!
Those of you in London who go to King's Place know what a fine room it is. What with this, Milton Court, the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall we are blessed with four super places for small scale ensembles. Where else in the world. But this is balanced by the very bad news yesterday that the promise of a proper concert hall in London has been broken......oh dear. Thank you Mrs May! I wonder if this means that the LSO will lose Simon Rattle - unintended consequences galore at the moment!
Last night was the dress rehearsal of William Kentridge's spectacular production of Lulu at English National Opera. It opens on Wednesday - more then! And this evening is the opening of Handel's Oreste at Wilton's Music Hall. So this is another interesting week operatically - such contrasts!