Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Concert in Leamington

Interior of All Saints Church, Leamington Spa.

This afternoon, after a traditional English Sunday dinner, Clara and I attended a concert by the Beauchamp Sinfonietta at All Saints Church in Leamington Spa. The program was Beethoven's Coriolanus Overture, Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending," Smetana's "Ma Vlast," and Dvorak's Seventh Symphony. The soloist for the Vaughn Williams was Philip Gallaway, our niece Margaret's violin teacher. During the interval (intermission), tea and cakes were served at the back of the church. All Saints is a large parish church, reflecting the prosperity of mid-nineteenth century Royal Leamington Spa. Although in the Gothic style, it was largely built in the second half of the nineteenth century, on the site of the much older and smaller parish church.

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