Went to a concert tonight. The West Devon Chorale, appearing in Tavistock.
A fine small choir (between 20 and 30 voices), and a really good programme. Unlike so many of the otherwise-good groups who perform here, they didn’t take the line “country bumpkins, need some pop stuff”. So no messiah excerpts, pomp&circumstance, or other such boring hack stuff. Just a programme packed with some really good music. In order: Holst, Tavener, Messian, Vaughan Williams, Vierne, and Widor. To me the highlight of the evening was the Vierne mass: truly superb music from a composer about whom I know absolutely nothing. Must seek out some more.
Afterwards Sarah and I went for a meal at the Birds Nest, the Chinese restaurant that serves the best meals in Tavistock. Feeling jolly merry after a full bottle of hot, spicy rice wine between two of us. Food was nice too. Mmmm 🙂