Last Thursday, the day after our jazz concert, I had arranged for two groups to come and see me to discuss future concerts: Camarilla, a wind group, and a string quartet, the Corran Quartet. And last Thursday, the Rule of 6 was imposed….
I decided with Camarilla that we would plan for something further on in the year when hopefully the restrictions would have been lifted again. But when Joana from the Corran Quartet came – I made a passing comment to the effect that we had four days left to beat the ban. And, as one, we said – ‘Sunday lunchtime concert?’ So that is what we did.
Combining our forces and helped by the spectacular weather, we ended up with 25 people socially distanced in the garden. Thank goodness, as it was extremely hot, that I have a rather large collection of umbrellas which were very useful for shielding the audience…
…and even for shielding the cello whose varnish was threatened by the sun. Some guests looked as though they might have been at Lords or at Wimbledon!
The quartet (Joana Ly, Kirsty MacLoed, Edward Keenan and Molly McWhirter) played a lovely programme of Mozart, Purcell, Haydn and some Danish Folk tunes (see below) – and then we all consumed copious amounts of bread and cheese and red wine in the sun.
So here they go with Mozart’s String Quartet No.12 in B-flat major, K.172 – and I am sorry I did not press the record button in time to catch quite all of Edward’s introduction….
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And here with Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 20 n1, 2