|My busy vignettes of London's high culture.|
Here are the smartest and most prestigious of London's concert halls. It's only this year that I've managed to visit them all*. As for the theatres - well, there are scores of them and I got it down to a select ten, including the old and the new, dance and opera, west end, south bank and further afield.
These vignettes are fun to assemble and populate. I dug deep into the oeuvre of obscure musical instruments for London Concert Halls. For no reason other than my own initial, they all begin with C:
cittern, chitarrone, charango, clarinet, cor Anglais and crumhorn. On Some London Theatres it's all scenery and the accessories of theatre-going. The bust on the plinth is Garrick.
The list of venues in full:
London Concert Halls:
Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall.
Some London Theatres:
National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Menier Chocolate Factory, Royal Opera House, Duke Of York's Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, The Old Vic, Sadler's Wells.
* The Cadogan Hall for the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. I became tearful when they played "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square".