Monday, July 12, 2010

Haunted by memories of Wigmore Hall

Before the beginning of last week I'd never heard of Wigmore Hall but the build-up to the John Smith's Cup changed all that; my selection in that race, 14/1 shot Kings Gambit, was pipped at the post by Michael Bell's lightly-weighted three-year-old. The York stewards duly entered into the spirit of things and played their part by delaying the agony that little bit longer before announcing that placings were to remain unaltered.

Still cursing my luck, I thought an evening of classical music at Royal Leamington Spa provided by the City of Coventry Youth Orchestra would prove a suitable distraction. I know absolutely nothing about classical music so I purchased a racecard, sorry a programme, and noted that violin soloist Eleanor Percy was to play Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor, Opus 26. Ms Percy really was exceptional. In the interval I took the trouble to read the accompanying programme notes - it was there I discovered that Ms Percy made her debut at Wigmore Hall in 2005.

Wikipedia describes Wigmore Hall as 'a leading international recital venue that specialises in hosting performances of chamber music and is best known for classical recitals of piano, song and instrumental music.'

Talk about kicking a man when he's down... I still haven't recovered.

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