Edward Burne-Jones - The Star of Bethlehem
I have been consumed with Christmas preparations this last week - Christmas, the great family festival and an annual reminder of the important things in this blessed life.
But there has also been some time for music, two completely contrasting evenings. On Tuesday the Choir of Clare College Cambridge, hot from their whistle stop tour of the USA gave us a long programme at St Johns Smith Square which ended on a brilliantly executed lighthearted note, The Twelve Days of Christmas brilliantly choreographed. The rest of the programme was serious stuff indeed, with Plainsong, Tallis, Byrd and Praetorious providing a foundation to which was added Britten, Rutter, Joubert, Will Todd.......and Silent Night arranged by Clare's splendid conductor Graham Ross.
And on Thursday another thing altogether - Bernstein's Wonderful Town at the Barbican with the LSO and Simon Rattle. And so we went our merry way to a nice week off with family and friends.
And a very happy Christmas to you all!