Nathaniel Mander and Sam Brown cast a spell over a full house with the 18th century manner in which they re-arranged pieces for fortepiano and guitar, with Sam also introducing us to the intimacy of the lute. Their programme included Mozart and Haydn, topped and tailed with music by Rossini which gave a show of both virtuosity and humour.
About 30 Holburne Friends visited the River & Rowing Museum in Henley to see the gallery dedicated to John Piper which gave us a wonderful snapshot of his wide-ranging work, including paintings, textiles, stage design, prints, ceramics and stained glass. In the afternoon we moved on to Cookham, where we visited the Stanley Spencer Gallery, giving us a fascinating introduction to the artist and his work.
Ignoring increasingly bitter winds and snow, Friends explored The Hague, Haarlem and Delft taking in stunning artworks including at the Mesdag panorama pictured. Termed “extreme tourism” by one of the party the party battled on, managing to sightsee whilst watching every step.
The wreath making workshop was a lively occasion with mince pies, champagne, and expert instruction from the folks at Crescent Flowers, with the output gracing a number of front doors in Bath.
A seamless journey through RLS’s short, extraordinary life, revealing the complexity of his character and highlighting his famous poetry and prose and interspersed with song. A fantastic entertainment, much appreciated by all.