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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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Scottish Country wedding at Melrose

Here is my selection from the hundreds of professional and amateur photographs recording Kim and Tom’s nuptials. They took place in the Registry office at Melrose, a charming Border village with a strategically placed viaduct specifically for the backdrop of  after-ceremony wedding pictures. Melrose is also the site of the ruins of Melrose Abbey, and, somewhat out of context, I have included my picture of them at the end of this post. Anyone interested in its history can Google it.

I am sure the wedding breakfast menu will not surprise any Scotsman but Sassenachs and other foreigners would entertain a little doubt: Scotch(sic) Broth was followed by Chicken stuffed with Haggis, wrapped in bacon and served with roasted root crops.  I always vaguely understood that it was the Haggis that was ceremoniously stuffed, not the other way round! Seems a little bit of a let down somehow.

Anyhow, the meal was finished off with: Brandy-snap basket, fresh fruit and ice  cream,  and coffee and mints. All the courses were prepared and served gourmet style and the meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Charming wedding music was provided by a friend

I give the bride away!

The Official Briefing

The deed is done

Forever united

Signature required

By all parties to the deed

Includung Hugh, Tom's best man

Congratulations all round

Assembled guests

Blushing bride and father

Tom and his four sisters: Dorothy Ann, Kitty, Christine and Margaret (Lucky Tom)

Best Man, Hugh and Tom

 The wedding cakes were spectacular. They were made by Tom’s sister, Kitty

Top tier

Individual miniatures for everyone

Cutting it was fun too

Champagne and white chocolate cake to start with!

And the fun begins

And, finally Melrose Abbey:

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7 Responses

  1. Very charming! Congratulations to the bride and groom.

  2. Valerie. It was great to be there. Did you notice I had a walk-on part?

  3. Well done. Best wishes to everyone. looked like everyone was enjoying themselves and the cakes looked georgeous. congrats to all concerned. Pen n Den

  4. What a handsome couple – and still together, apparently!

  5. Looks like a perfect day. Great to see Kim looking so happy !!

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