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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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Canterbury Cathedral

Continuing from the last post, these are some of our impressions of the ancient cathedral. Chaucer’ Pilgrims made their way here in 1387–mainly to see Thomas a Becket’s shrine–It was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1536, however, and modern pilgrims can only see a symbolic candle which marks the spot where it was originally.

The cathedral is a massive structure. It took more than 500 years to build– The mind boggles at the craftsmanship and solid labour involved in its making!

 

. . it is undergoing extensive repair and a good deal of the exterior is obscured by scaffolding . . .

 

Those old craftsmen left not a piece of stone uncarved . . . .

 

Beautifully carved stone columns support the massive ceiling . . .

 

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The cloisters . . .

 

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Stark symbol of the age . . .

 

. . .someone left their hat and coat behind–too late to retrieve them now, I should think? . . .

 

The gloves don’t look very comfortable? . . .

 

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Guardian sculptures

 

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The stained-glass windows are magnificent works of art . . .

 

. . .as is the ceiling . . .

 

Ceiling of the bell tower . . .

 

The choir begins to form . . .

 

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The song commences.

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