I had a lovely evening at the Garrick yesterday with friends from Montréal, Christiane Leblanc of the Montreal International Music Competitions, and her husband Jean Claude Baudinet, in London for a short stay after a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary! It was a real treat to see them again - fantastic hosts that they were for the voice competition in Montréal last year.
The evening began with a real surprise, a short lecture recital by Sigiswald Kuijken - J.S.B on the Cello da spalla (Cello Suite no 3 BWV 1009) and the violin (Partita no 2 BWV 1004 - the one with the astonishing chaconne). The Garrick has an excellent music programme for members and their guests - around a dozen a year I suppose and invariably interesting and a perfect prelude to dinner. So it was a fortunate coincidence that Christiane and Jean Claude were with me yesterday. And the house was full for this lively Monday evening.
This evening I will be at a local church up the road in Vauxhall for a concert by the Schola Cantorum of Oxford. My great niece Georgie, who in fact is at York University, is filling in for this tour - she is a fine soprano and they are lucky to have her!! And it is grandson George's 10th birthday - so a busy day!