I have had a few days of catching up with old friends and colleagues, and a few more to go this week. Last week it was the perennial delight of seeing Tom Graham who is as relaxed and amusing as ever, a big heart and a sharp observer of our musical environment. Nobody can get away with anything......!
The occasion was celebration of his 70th birthday. He had three - one in New York and two here in London the first of which I missed as I was in Denmark. As always at such events there were many old friends and colleagues - a happy occasion all round.
On Monday I was delighted to see John Willan after quite a little time, for lunch at the excellent Union Café in Marylebone Lane. John was boss of the LPO during my last years at Glyndebourne, had an immensely successful spell at BBC Worldwide, was co-founder of Hazard Chase, and has recently opened a new "boutique" management company - Percius - which is already making waves.
There were more reminiscences on Tuesday with Alexander Oliver coming to dinner at Battersea. Sandy is in London to direct the Academy of Ancient Music's semi staged performance of Poppea at the Barbican on Saturday evening. This takes us back to the beginnings of Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1968 - and Sandy has just retired from the leadership of the Opera programme of the Amsterdam Conservatory. So almost 50 years of stories!
And today Christopher Hunt, who is in London for a few days from his home in France, was another visitor to Battersea. So more catching up again.......
This evening I am at the Royal Academy of Music for the first Opera Scenes event of their academic year. More about that tomorrow.