Archive for December, 2011

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December 30th, 2011

  • Paresa in Phuket is, as it promises, heaven on earth. Stunning, minimal and luxurious. #

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December 28th, 2011

  • Wow! The new Bankok airport is fantastic. Quite a change since I wa last here. On route to Phuket. Waves of nostalgia. #
  • Missing Pixel, who died yesterday. Very sad. Buried him in the garden… #

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December 27th, 2011

  • Clint Eastwood is MUCH sexier than George Clooney, even at 82!! There's hope for you oldies… #

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December 26th, 2011

  • Well done Gareth, Paul and the Military Wifes. What a worthy achievement #
  • Best Christmas day in memory – perfection… #

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December 24th, 2011

  • Try booking at Jamie's and Bill's in Cambridge. Former = ungracious, unsucessful; latter = joy!! #
  • Bliss: shopping, wrapping, family, peace & quiet, no emails, no pressure, heavenly Cambridge, happy people. I LOVE CHRISTMAS #

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December 23rd, 2011

  • Dropped in on Sid Layton's rehearsal at St John's Smith Sq- Bach Xmas oratorio with OAE. Now HE is a choral conductor I UNEQUIVOCALLY admire #
  • Dropped in on Sid Layton's rehearsal at St John's Smith Sq yesterday-
    Bach Christmas Otatorio with Trinity Choir and OAE.
    Now THERE'S a … #
  • admire, unequivocally. The choir had the German MEMORISED (and that was the least of it- superb musicianship and sound) #
  • ..Choral Conductor I admire! #
  • Gareth Malone 's Military wives choir programme last night on tv was WONDERDUL. Paul Mealor is brilliant too… #

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December 21st, 2011

  • Sat in the chamber in the House of Lords yesterday admiring John's handling of the state sector pensions and new insurance Bills. #
  • Very nice party last night with old friends and dinner with Beloved Godfather. Planning our imminent trip to Hong Kong to raise funds & … #
  • Shopping and wrapping (my Japanese heritage makes this a major artform for me) done! Gets better each year. Never used to shop before Ch … #
  • ….before Christmas Eve! #
  • Having a party in Hong Kong (China Club) for friends and for Queens'. A post xmas week of sun in Phuket to prep the suntan first- first … #
  • …first holiday all year! #
  • I'm so happy for my FRIEND and colleague Gareth Malone and Paul M re the Xmas No 1 (certainly!). They are EVERYWHERE today. #

An enduring passion for Bach – Damian Thompson

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December 21st, 2011

The Daily Telegraph – Saturday, 3 December
An enduring passion for Bach – Damian Thompson
This week I attended an amazing performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.? It was an appropriate time of year to hear the piece: Bach’s thorny harmonies reminded us that Advent is a penitential season. The setting was nicely sinister: an underground warehouse near Baker Street.? One choir was behind me, the other opposite, and the staging dragged us into the action.? The evangelist would start singing into my left ear, then push past on his way to the action.? Suzi Digby conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as part of her Vocal Futures scheme to introduce classical music to young people.? I don’t know about them, but I felt I was hearing the Passion for the first time. I still haven’t recovered.

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December 20th, 2011

  • A near perfect evening. Private recital of all 24 Debussy Preludes by Melvyn Tan on his studio followed by home cooking and gossip #
  • Wow- Piers Morgan has chutzpah! #
  • Life-enhancing lunch at Moti Mahal (Covent Garden) with kindred spirit -cellist Matthew Barley. Best Indian food imaginable. #

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December 16th, 2011

  • Wonderful Fellows' Christmas party tonight in Long Gallery, Queens'. My Fellows' choir and Grad choir performed well. Very happy event! #