Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Birmingham in 1553

Yesterday we spent another interesting day in Brum, ending up with a CBSO concert at Symphony Hall where we were joined by Pete. A long but stimulating day that was centered on a visit to the Jewellery Quarter. More details of this have already been uploaded to the Travelogue section. In two parts, this photo essay traces my roots in the area and then reveals some details of the various properties where the old family business has operated since 1922.

The concert was basically excellent though none of us enjoyed Tippett's piano concerto. But in reality we had bought tickets for the other two items on the program: Vaughan Williams Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. A combination of great playing, superb conducting and the superior acoustics of Symphony Hall etched these pieces permanently in my grey matter! If you haven't experienced the CBSO under Sakari Oramo in the Symphony Hall, and you live within reach of Birmingham, you really should go!