An inspirational evening of baroque

What better than a feast of baroque music to celebrate the magic of the  season? so says the brochure for Red Priest’s Winter Baroque Carnival.

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They have been compared to the Rolling Stones and the Cirque du Soleil amongst others and have been described in the press as; visionary, outrageous, heretical, outrageous and more. I had to get tickets.

So on Friday evening we walked into town via the backs of the colleges:

img_20161216_19054652 The building beyond the bridge is Trinity Hall’s Jerwood Library, which overhangs the river and is open to Trinity Hall students 24 hours a day, which is why Friday evening found it fully lit up.

From there along Trinity Street to Trinity College and the Great Gate:

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Founded by Henry VIII in 1546, it’s his statue above the entrance, in his hand he holds a chair leg! Originally it was a sword and it was thought to have been stolen by the infamous Cambridge Night Climbers decades ago. It was replaced with the leg of a chair from the college by a window cleaner who was cleaning the windows in the picture.

The concert took place in the college chapel:

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The quartet consisted of a violinist, a cello player, a harpsichord player and the final member who played many versions of the recorder (I remember playing the recorder but it never sounded like that!). They were truly inspirational and played a style that was so individual that it really did break the rules. It was different to anything I’ve ever heard before and I’m glad I went. I left the concert feeling uplifted. It was good to try something different.

The rest of the weekend just unfolded without any particular plan.

On Saturday we went for a good long swim and then came home and  bottled the plum wine that has been fermenting for the last few months. It tastes sweet with a tang and has kept its colour beautifully, probably because we covered the demijohn in foil to stop the light from reaching it:

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A quick lunch, then a bit of gardening, just to tidy up and do a bit of pruning, which was quite therapeutic.

After which we sat and relaxed, Guardian strewn around us, music in background and had a long lazy read, perfect.

Sometimes, I think there’s nothing better than just going with the flow without having anything arranged, I find that I’m much more in the moment than when I’m running around trying to keep to a schedule.

Have a lovely week and a happy Christmas.

xxx

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Vix says:

    Wow! that sounds like a brilliant evening’s entertainment. The hall is magical and both Cambridge and your companion look very good indeed.
    Plum wine sounds deadly but tasty.
    I love a lazy weekend although, that being said, I haven’t finished reading The Guardian yet. Easily distracted.
    Have a fab week & Xmas, Sally! xxx

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  2. Yes, the wine does pack a punch! Philip will be pleased by your comment! Xxx

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