• Upcoming Trips

    Feb-March None booked as yet
  • theatre and Concerts

    February 26. Saw concert versions of two my favourite Puccini operas at the MSM: La Rondine (Act I) and Gianni Schicchi. Both made the very most of the small stage and were cleverly directed by Kenneth Merrill from the side of the auditorium. The young cast had an hilarious time putting on the show – and so did  we!

    March 2. Saw “Twelve Angry Women”, a play on the well-travelled jury deliberations theme, at the Producers Club. It is fast moving, ding-dong exchange of ideas with “whodunnit” detective analyses interspersed. Sadly, only one of the twelves actresses really could project; the others could not, for the most part, be heard clearly enough for our old ears to pick up the nuances of the dialogue, even in the  Club’ s intimate auditorium.

    March 3.  Carnegie Hall hosted Edith Monaco in a solo piano recital on Sunday evening. She played a nice, but not too exciting,  programme  ending with Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an exhibition”. She seemed  totally concentrated on the accuracy of her playing and did not glance at, or turn the page of, the music in front of her.

    March 20. The MSM celebrated Pincus Zukerman’s 70th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his ‘Performance Program’. It was an extraordinary musical event: an awesome display of the incredible young talent that the Master and the MSM have nurtured.

    Of the solo violinists performing, the most exciting, for me, was  Jesus Reina who chose pieces by Paganini and played them in a manner reminiscent of Sarasate. But the highlight was Bach’s ‘Concerto for Two violins’; for the first movement, Mr. Zukerman led in his 12 year-old protégé, Nathan Gendler who played opposite the Master with the absolute confidence of an old hand who had begun his concerting at the age of six!

    For the second movement, Pincus Zukerman led in SoHyun Ko, a young lady of sixteen. She played her part with equal talent and confidence.

    The two youngsters played the third movement  by themselves (The Master staying off-stage while they wowed the sold-out audience!).

    The programme ended with Mr. Zukerman conducting the MSM Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak’s ‘Slavonic Dances’ and everybody (Orchestra and audience alike) singing him “Happy Birthday”!






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Turmoil on the River Thames shoreline (Part 1)

The Thames river banks are undergoing feverish change; sky-line abusing architects’ whims are being frantically constructed and ancient Inns, homes and docks are being restored or recycled, creating, in this ancient viewer’s mind, a mixture of pride, nostalgia and plain disgust. In the next two posts, I have put up some of the pictures I took on a return ferry journey from Greenwich to Westminster Pier. Two posts because there are too many representative images for one.   CLICK  ON EACH IMAGE FOR DETAIL:


Wheel of unfortunate change


interim sky-line


The latest sky-line . . .

Pregnant couple with offspring


. . . .


American style apartment blocks


Enduring London


Cutty Sark at Greenwich


More and more construction


Completed new blocks


Old jewels repolished


All mod. con


Squalid old docks awaiting recycling . .


Recycled . . .


Enduring London — Top of one of the towers of Tower Bridge . . .


More and more construction!


Recycled . . .


HMS Belfast, cruiser of the 2nd World War–now part of the Imperial War Museum. Tower Bridge in the background . . .


Ugly flats . . .


London’s new hub.



3 Responses

  1. Great photos of the old and the new! Looks like beautiful weather for London. Brings back fond memories of past birthday cruises on the Thames with you.

  2. Thanks, Craig. I enjoyed the unusual sunny day — the lighting was near-perfect for my obsolescent camera. Cheers! Ben

  3. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!!

    What more could I say!

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