Saturday, 19 November 2016

Hello everyone. Welcome to the shed. Squash up there, please, because it's getting a little crowded. Which is a nice problem to have!  I'm building an extension so that we'll all fit in.

Something like this, perhaps. Or is that just over ambitious?

That was last week, before a performance of "Sydney Opera House: the Opera".

Catchy title, huh?

In fact, the opera in question, with music by Alan John and words by Dennis Watkins and Alan John, was originally titled 'The Eighth Wonder' when it was premiered a decade ago. Opera Australia remounted it this year as a 'silent opera', with the action on the opera house steps, audiences wearing headphones and the orchestra in a remote location. It was a spectacular evening. I wrote about it on my blog, if you're interested.

But the main reason that I'm posting this picture here is to point out how far I've come from Dartington. Who'd have thunk it? 10,000 miles from the Courtyard, and yet I still manage to bump into Summer School alumni in the Opera House Green Room! Guy Noble, Carl Vine, Erin Helyard, Taryn Fiebig, Ian Munro... The list goes on. So thank you, Dartington, from sunny Sydney, where the jacarandas are flowering and the flies are buzzing, for inspiring some top musicians. And thank you for letting them come back to Australia too.

Cold beer, anyone?


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