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The programme for this year's Greenwich festival is out - the biggest early music festival in the world. I went last year and it's fantastic. If travelling from central London you can arrive and depart by boat:









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Flo and I went to this yesterday - absolutely fantastic. Festival review here:

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There was the usual atmosphere of friendly fanaticism unique to early music shows (rivalled only by gatherings of Wagner fans). Wherever you looked someone was blowing, scraping, plucking, honking, parping, or in deep conversation about the efficacy of catgut violin strings.
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Most of all the festival was about music as active, living, magical: to be done with family and friends, not just consumed, passively, in a concert hall. Room for both, of course, but early music people are special.
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Phili !!!

The pictures are wonderful !!!! .... i just wish i was there !!!!

I'm sure i won't be able to resist leaving without having purchased (atleast) a Baroque bow !!!

To Hell with credit card debt !!!
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Just finished listening to the sound files !!!

Oh !!! How i wish !!! Is there a way to move there ?

....Music making live and alive !!!
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Glad you like them! I snapped away like a lunatic... one of my favourites... it looks like a toilet waste pipe!

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is that a ?contra bass recorder ? ... errrr

it's huge !!!
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I'm not sure. Maybe one down from the bass? A greatbass or (as you say) a contrabass? It looks about twice the height of the tenors in the background...

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It really was wonderful, though exhausting, as we talked to all the exhibitors (or, rather, Philidor talked to them and I stood there nodding).

Hearing what anyone was saying above all that racket(t) was hard work in itself. I was totally exhausted at the end.

I love the way the same people are always in the same place every year. It's like a time machine. Step into the Painted Hall and you are in November 2008.... 2007... and for veterans, many years before that, I'm sure. It feels like you just stepped out of the room and back in again, but exactly a year has passed.

The bagpipe chap was great - he doesn't hold with this newfangled intenet malarkey, and who can blame him?
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Phili !!!

The pictures are wonderful !!!! .... i just wish i was there !!!!

I'm sure i won't be able to resist leaving without having purchased (atleast) a Baroque bow !!!

To Hell with credit card debt !!!
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we talked to all the exhibitors (or, rather, Philidor talked to them and I stood there nodding).
Not true. Several times I was going 'Blah blah Brightcecilia blah blah' then you arrived, their faces lit up, and I found myself talking to a crumhorn.
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