Sunday, November 19, 2006

Family Music Day 2006

MOZART Overture, The Marriage of Figaro
DEBUSSY Children's Corner Suite
PROKOFIEV Peter & the Wolf
Mark Stephenson conductor, Tim Pigott-Smith narrator, Richard Frostick presenter.

Apart from the Debussy (highly soporiferous, as always, especially for children and after lunch), it was a success!!!
About the Corn Exchange:"During the Second World War when the BBC Music Department relocated to Bedford, the Bedford Corn Exchange reached new heights of recognition: there were some 8,000 broadcasts from Bedford over this time, including the Promenade concerts in 1944, the last conducted by Sir Henry Wood bearing his name. Other stars that gave performances broadcast from Bedford Corn Exchange during the war include Bing Crosby, Marlene Dietrich, Vera Lynn, Bob Hope, Humphrey Bogart, Gracie Fields, David Niven and Yehudi Menuhin. Since then hundreds of other acts have enjoyed the friendliness and professionalism of the venue with more recent performances from Lenny Henry, Elkie Brooks, Ken Dodd, Jethro, Mike Reid and many more. Artists who have appeared there recently include Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Midori, Joshua Bell, Mikhail Pletnev and Vadim Repin."
By the way, we really liked downtown Bedford. The only part of the city I had driven through before, a couple of years ago, was horribly run down and very unappealing. The city centre, however, is beautiful and with all the Christmas decorations already up, it was lovely just strolling about.


Anonymous said...

I remember Rose's restaurant on Main Street.
It served a wonderful fried fillet of plaice...
I wonder whether it still exists.

Claudia said...

There's a pub called "The Rose" on High Street. Maybe that's the one...