“The board is resolved to know that (losing conductor Osmo Vänskä) is a risk. (The) Carnegie (performance), the opening of the (new) hall. All three may have to fall.”
What is called the world’s biggest music festival begins in London tonight at the Royal Albert Hall. The summer season of concerts of this great British tradition runs for 57 consecutive nights, certainly making it a huge event.
When my buddy Rita Hunter was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, she wrote a hilarious account of her afternoon in Buckingham Palace, including a fruitless search for a loo. (Only royalty pees in Buckingham Palace.) Rita, being a soprano, noticed especially the music used to accompany the festivities. A [...]