Saturday, September 07, 2013

My Alternative Pilgrimage day 5

This is not a forward journey completely. Today I have been backward. I have just listened to' Lark Ascending ' played  by Nigel Kennedy at the last Night of the Proms. I had barely time to get over the sublime voice of the counter tenor in the wonderful Chichester Psalms  when on strolls Nigel Kennedy looking like a tramp. So I had to close my eyes to listen to the music. I was back in the 1950s and 60s walking every Sunday after lunch up East Carr Lane from our  house in Saltshouse Road ,Sutton on Hull to the Holderness Drain and back. We often stopped and listened to the lark ascending , real time , big time.


  1. Much as I love "The Lark Ascending" (so much so that I have chosen it for my funeral), it was a revelation to see/hear Nigel Kennedy in the 2nd half of the Proms.
    His incredible virtuoso version of Liszt's Hungarian Dances was stupendous.
    Yes he does look like a tramp but he always has.
    Eccentricity turned to 'barking' years ago, but oh what a musician he is.
    Sadly the song of the lark appears to be a thing of the past now. It must be 20 years since I last heard one.

  2. Yes I agree . Nigel Kennedy was stupendous.