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    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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A Chilly May in London (Part 3)

In the last week of our time in London, we continued to see as many plays as we could fit in, to peer into museums and galleries  and to greet welcome visitors from the family before we boarded the Queen Mary 2 for the return voyage.

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Breakfast in Russell Square-- Ethel, little Ben and Mum, (Debby), Gillian and Lucy

Breakfast in Russell Square– Ethel, little Ben and Mum, (Debby), Gillian and Lucy

Little Ben and Grandmum (Gillian)

Little Ben and Grandmum (Gillian)

Guardians of the "Ice Age" exhibit at the British Museum

Guardians of the “Ice Age” exhibit at the British Museum

London's changing skyline

London’s changing skyline

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Emma, friend of Ted

Ethel, Pam, Ian and me

Ethel, Pam, Ian and me

Trafalgar Square as lively as ever

Trafalgar Square as lively as ever

Me and Ethel taken by our new friends, the Bajaj's at breakfast in the Royal National

Me and Ethel taken by our new friends, the Bajaj’s at breakfast in the Royal National

Emil and his Dad,Vivek Bajaj

Emil and his Dad,Vivek Bajaj

. . . . The Bajaj's and us

. . . . The Bajaj’s and us

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Emil--a son every father would be proud of

Emil–a son every father would be proud of

Royal Horse Guard

Royal Horse Guard

Horse Guard's museum . . . . .

Horse Guard’s museum . . . . .

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Mess silverware

Mess silverware

WWI gas mask

WWI gas mask

Lucky soldier!. This bullet went right thro8ugh his cigarette case, through his note book and imbedded itself in his diary!

Lucky soldier!. This bullet went right through his cigarette case, through his note book and imbedded itself in his diary!

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Parade inspection

Parade inspection

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This what you see . . . . . .

This what you see . . . . . .

 . . . .and this is what you get!

. . . .and this is what you get!

Static photo op!

Static photo op!

The view up Whitehall is much the same as ever

The view up Whitehall is much the same as ever

A bit of history . . . . .

A bit of history . . . . .

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Set of"The play that went Wrong"  The audience was was asked not to step on the carpet since it was part of the set!

Set of”The play that went Wrong” The audience was was asked not to step on the carpet since it was part of the set!

 

On the last day of our London stay, we were thrilled to meet up with Jenny and John who had travelled from Salisbury to be with us

On the last day of our London stay, we were thrilled to meet up with Jenny and John who had travelled from Salisbury to be with us

 . . .and so back to the ship . .

. . .and so back to the ship . .

The  End

The End

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One Response

  1. I enjoyed seeing photos of your trip. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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