Thursday, 2 May 2013

mary's concert

On Thursday 7 March, Andy and I met up at Liverpool Street, had a bit of a wander around the Spitalfields Market area (where we saw Karren Brady) and down Fournier Street (where we passed Gilbert and George coming the other way) to Brick Lane, then a Subway lunch before going to see Mary Reid playing her harp (my first time; Bethan and Maisie had heard her the Saturday before, playing the same main pieces I think) in Christ Church Spitalfields (my first time there too).

It was actually an illustrated lecture, part of the Gresham College free lectures programme, by Christopher Hogwood, the Paris instalment of a series on European Capitals of Music. They played a Debussy sonata for harp, viola and flute, contrasting it with a piece for the same combo by Ravel, and with some other illustrative extracts from each instrument, including a more traditionally ornate harp piece (Mary spoke very confidently before she played her bit)and a bit of flute from the start of L'apres midi. The playing was very good, and the lecture was too - it was very clear and made sense, especially compared to a lot of talk you hear about classical music.