At the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester last night, what a wonderful venue and home to the Halle Orchestra.
It "only" cost 42 million which you appreciate is something of a bargain when you visit. The only thing they seem to have forgotten was a big enough restaurant area, a strange oversight. Everything else is top notch indeed and I always enjoy visiting. They serve very good wine at not exorbitant prices compared to many London venues.
The design of the hall is pleasing on the eye but more importantly the acoustic is wonderful - the clarity and sense of resolution is just excellent. It's a stark reminder of what is required in London!
Some wonderful music at the Coronation today. Pappano was in charge of the most excellent Coronation Orchestra -
"The Orchestra is composed of musicians drawn from the orchestras of The former Prince of Wales’s Patronages including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House."
So no surprise that the performance was of an elite standard!
South African soprano Pretty Yende gave a moving and technically superb solo performance and in a pre-service concert Sir John Eliot Gardiner led the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, nuff said.
On my way to Wigmore Hall today I noticed that Bechstein are opening up shop and are building a compact new concert hall too. We can only guess what their "different approach" will be to the concerts - eye watering ticket prices perhaps?
"The new C. Bechstein Centre London building is located at 22 Wigmore Street and includes a two-story flagship showroom, 13 practice rooms and a selection room for concert hire pianos in the basement, as well as 8 apartments on the upper floors for private rentals.
The crown jewel of this project is a 100-seat concert venue, to be named 'Bechstein Hall'.
Terence Lewis, managing director of Jaques Samuel Pianos, the U.K. arm of C. Bechstein, will be artistic director and plans to "take a new and completely different approach to the way concerts are structured"
I learnt in a programme about Roberta Flack that she majored in classical piano at college. Given the right encouragement it seems she could have had a career as a concert pianist but given the times, she was advised against trying ... An incredibly talented woman.