Town Mouse

An evening in Ar­ca­dia

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

IHAVE just en­joyed a mag­i­cal out­ing to the in­au­gu­ral Grange Fes­ti­val. I find it al­most im­pos­si­ble to sym­pa­thise with any of the char­ac­ters in Bizet’s Car­men, yet the mu­sic was won­der­ful to hear in such an in­ti­mate set­ting and bril­liantly per­formed. As a crown­ing de­light, the weather was beau­ti­ful. For the evening, the house and grounds truly looked like a vi­sion of Ar­ca­dia.

While I lis­tened to the per­for­mance, my mind wan­dered to re­cent events at home and the pos­si­ble out­come of a Grade 1 trom­bone exam taken that morn­ing. For the past week or so, our neigh­bours have pa­tiently tol­er­ated in­tense morn­ing and evening mu­sic prac­tice. Prob­a­bly much more dis­turb­ing than the re­peated ren­di­tions of March to the Top and I am an Ele­phant, how­ever, have been my own ac­com­pa­ny­ing out­bursts of frus­tra­tion while su­per­vis­ing the prac­tice. I try to be pa­tient and en­cour­ag­ing, but there is a limit to the num­ber of times I can lis­ten to a qua­ver be­ing ren­dered as a cro­chet. Be as­sured, how­ever, that the player’s re­sponses were often feisty enough to have im­pressed even Car­men.

Any­way, I hope for ev­ery­body’s sake that my out­bursts of rage and the ex­am­i­nee’s labours have not been in vain. We wait ea­gerly for the re­sult. JG

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