Humbug is here
Went to a lunchtime concert: Devon Sinfonietta at the United Reformed Church, playing Haydn and Gershwin. This is the first time I’ve heard of the orchestra, and they turned out to be a youth group. Or less charitably, a fancy school orchestra, though I think in practice they are selected players from a number of schools. Anyway, I quite enjoyed the music. Worth going to on a wet saturday afternoon ten minutes walk away, but not too much more.
The church is much smaller inside than it looks from the outside, but pleasant and comfortable. That’s a contrast to Tavistock’s main church, which is much bigger and gets the top performers (such as the Devon Baroque last week) but a is terrible place to sit, even if you get one of the relatively-few seats with a decent view.
But more disturbingly, the wretched place has “christmas” crap, and big banners outside advertising the sale of christmas cards. Doesn’t the church notionally follow the teachings of a man who took violent direct action against merchants trading in a temple? I’d have been happy to forgive them that, but NOT this humbuggery before at least December. And it’s only bloody October, ferchrissake!