The celebration of the life of George Harewood at the Coliseum yesterday evening was a joyful event. Attended by all who knew, loved and worked with him, and many others besides, it was a worthy tribute, beautifully devised by David Pountney and Henrietta Breden, and presented by David with his customary fluent charm and twinkling wit. And the matching contribution from Mark Elder said it all about the unique position of Lord Harewood in the pantheon.
There were major contributions from John Tomlinson, a God amongst the other stars, as well as the likes of the inimitable Lesley Garrett teaching us all to sing the Leeds United supporters anthem. The climax of the evening was the Mystery Trio, the three Norns morphing like old Papagena into the "Three little Dames from school are we", Lott, Evans and Palmer. Wonderful!
All together a brilliant and heart warming evening.
This afternoon is something else - a trip to Glyndebourne for the Dress Rehearsal of La finta giardiniera.