Archive for the 'Music' Category

Magdalen College – Festival of Sound

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Elspeth and I popped into Magdalen College at 5pm today for a music recital: Ensemble Unterwegs performing Winterreise. The recital was the fifth performance in a series of events that are part of the interdisciplinary Magdalene Triennial Festival. This year has been following the theme of sound and there has been a range of conversations, […]

Jersey Boys

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Nipped to London this evening to meet up with Dad and Tim for a bit of West End theatre. We went to see Jersey Boys and much fun it was too! Who doesn’t love Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. I listened to nothing else on the train back to Cambridge! Going to the Prince […]

Madrigals at Madingley

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

A perfect start to the summer: Andres and I cycled from Cambridge to Madingley along bumpy footpaths giggling on our somewhat inadequate city bikes. It was great fun. It’s fairly easy to get from Cambridge to Coton and then Madingley and it’s only about four and half miles by footpath. Quicker I believe by road […]

Schubert at Madingley Hall

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Spring is finally sprung, the trees are in blossom and the t-shirts are out. In celebration of this Andres and I headed up to Madingley Hall to hear Schubert’s song cycle, Die Winterreise, brilliantly performed by Charbel Mattar and Martin Ennis. I guess they knew they might well be performing to a room of non-German […]

Headstand has a birthday

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Upstairs in The Fountain underneath the strings of coloured light bulbs is a larger than life confessional booth. Surely the most bizarre addition to a pub. It’s also fairly irrelevant too as I was in the room to celebrate Headstand’s 5th Birthday and so sat with my back to the intriguing wooden structure all night […]

Kettle’s Yard and the Fitzwilliam – Riley, Vermeer and Redouté

Monday, October 17th, 2011

There is a super Bridget Riley exhibition on at Kettle’s Yard – be warned your head will be spinning! Kettle’s Yard is the place to be as term has started again there are the usual lunchtime concerts to look forward to. The current exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam are a must – Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and […]

Gareth Rowan gets ’em dancin’

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

I spent the evening dancin’ – yes really dancin’. I just couldn’t help it – Gareth Rowan was playing in the Buttery at Homerton College and it was toe tapping good. At first the feet went, then the heads and after a few minutes people were up and dancing. You just couldn’t keep them down […]

Swamp Truck – Weird name – Awesome band

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Spent a very pleasant day eating cucumber sandwiches and supping tomato soup with K who was up in Cambridge for the day. Met up with Nic in the evening and we ended up in the Portland Arms birthday celebrating with Andy from Swamp Truck and the rest of the band. Someone get these guys some […]

Gareth Rowan

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Gareth is a dark horse indeed – turns out he is an all singing all dancing kind of teacher. Check him out at

A brief sojourn in Paris

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I did spend all of Saturday and Sunday eating French bread and drinking red wine and it was as good as I imagined. I also discovered a liking for espresso after our trip to Paris on Monday. We caught the very convenient train from Maisse to Paris – it took about 1 hour 20 mins […]