The Gerrard Chronicles 2009

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Art Scene


He finished the piano piece "It's the Weather!" Opus 29 for the concert in Vienna. The sheet music can be downloaded on this link. More about this & Vienna in Travellers Tales. There is other on-going work. Ken has added more lectures, available to clubs on this link.


This will be at the Islington Museum St John Street London EC1 from February 18th to March 20th 2010.

An exhibition of mixed media works and prints on the themes of the natural world and countering climate change.
Museum open 10:00 to 17:00 but closed on Wednesdays & Sundays. Avis will be present on Saturday afternoons.

For a map showing the Islingon Museum, hit this link.



"Jenufa" by Leos Janacek. Brilliant.
"Peter Grimes" by Benjamin Britten. Exemplary. Ken took Margaret Sherman as Avis is anti-it.
"Le Grand Macabre" by George Ligeti.
"Turandot" by Puccini. Interestingly set in a Chinese restaurant, called 'The Imperial Palace'.
"Duke Bluebeard's Castle" (with "The Rite of Spring") 'Concepts' which did not come off but sung all right.

This year's other offerings from the ENO were less than inspiring, although we missed "Rigoletto" as Ken unwell & "The Turn of the Screw" because Avis does not like it & no girlfriend was available for Ken to see it with.


“A Dark Dark House” by Neil LaBute. Unsubtle but serious.
"Mrs Affleck" by Samuel Adamson
"Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" by Tom Stoppard. Very good.
"England People very Nice" by Richard Bean
"Parlour Song" by Jez Butterworth
"The Pitman Painters" by Lee Hall
"Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel
"Madame de Sade" by Yukio Mishima.
"When the Rain Stops Falling" By Andrew Bovell. Excellent.
"Time & the Conways" by J B Priestley
"The Black Album" by Hanif Kureshi
"Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard
"The Observer" by Matt Charman
"Our Class" by Tadeusz Slobodzianek
"Mrs Klein" by Nicholas Wright. About the insufferable Melanie Klein & her daughter Melitta.
"Inherit the Wind" by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee. Wonderful Darwinian play, apparently written in protest against MacCarthyism by analogy with the Scopes Trial of 30 years before.

We went to all the RA & Tate exhibitions as usual. Ken has listed what he read with comments on this link.

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