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Date: 30th October 2010

Well the Canterbury Festival has come and gone and like the Deal Festival, all the goodies were sandwiched into 2 weeks.  Well nigh impossible if not financially ruinous to go to everything one would have wished.

Went again to Sir Willard White. Again an enjoyable show but I didn't get the feelings I did first time round.  It was the same show and perhaps once was enough. Also the Shirley Hall lent nothing to the performance - it sat better in the St. George Church in Deal - better accoustics and more feeling of intimacy which is what I felt the programme was all about - a peep into the life and work of Paul Robeson.


Also went to the Craig Ogden and Gerard McChrystal Concert.  Both excellent musicians but the marriage of the Guitar and the Saxophone did not sit easily on my ears.  I wanted to hear Craig's Guitar music and apart from one solo, he was 'drowned out' by the superb playing on Sax by McChrystal.  That's just my opinion.  Both were superb but I'd rather have heard them individually.


Fawlty Towers Dining Experience was excellent.  It was as if we were (rather a lot of us) dining in their hotel.  The cast (all Australian) were excellent and I had face-ache after half an hour BUT oh how I wish they'd had personal mikes. Basil was OK as he had a voice which carried the length and breadth of the King's School Dining Hall but Manuel's words were often lost amid the accent and the tomfoolery.  'Connie' looked like her, walked like her and talked like her but one couldn't hear what she was saying much of the time as she didn't seem to be able to 'project' at all.  However, I would advise anyone who wants a good night out and a good laugh to book early for next year.  Incidentally, much to my surprise, the food was very good indeed when you consider the large numbers for whom they were catering.  Thanks Gary.

The Australian troupe travel the world giving their 'Dining Experience' so I was hoping they'd be on in Melbourne when I'm there but I shall just miss them.

The Canterbury Festival ended for my friends and myself with a recital in the Cathedral of Faure's Requiem and Beethhoven's Ninth Symphony.  The Cathedral was packed and the music was glorious as were the choir but I didn't feel about the Soloists.  Whether this is because the Cathedral acoustically is kind to orchestras and a large voice mass I don't know but the soloists did not come across well.  However the evening was great and I'm sorry - although my Bank Balance isn't - that it is all over for another year.

Au revoir.  Jan

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