Back in August we spent a wonderful week singing with the St Bart’s choristers at Exeter cathedral. It almost feels like this was too long ago to bother writing about (Aug 13th-20th), but I’m a completist. Also, it’s somewhat ironic that, despite knowing numerous English singers who do the summer cathedral week residency thing, it took an American choir to actually get us there.
Months ago, a number of local amateur choirs were invited to participate in a mad-sounding project, the so-called “Mile-Long Opera”. This performance piece was going to be staged along the High Line over a week in early October, and would involve 1000 singers/speakers positioned along the length of the park. The choir Tom sings with were among the participants, and they spent most of the rehearsal process complaining about various aspects of the piece, so I didn’t have particularly high expectations, but in the end the whole thing was completely delightful.
It’s hard to believe that a whole month has passed since October 2nd, and our Centennial Gala at St Bart’s, but now the dust has settled it’s really rather nice to be able to think about other things. I was part of a small organising committee putting on a truly epic event (at least, it felt that way to us!) and for a while there it was all-consuming.
As usual, our neighbourhood is putting on a spooktacular display:
As the sweltering days of summer fade into the distance (thank goodness), I wanted to take a quick look back over a handful of snapshots, and capture the memories before they disappear under a pile of autumn leaves.
Yet another installment in my series of posts featuring art shows that I was excited to see but don’t have all that much to say about – this one from the Guggenheim’s current (and extremely comprehensive) Giacometti exhibition.
I always forget how much I love the Cloisters, so it’s such a treat on the rare occasions I do make the trek up there.