Just a very quick blog in what is already shaping up to be a busy week. I’ll say nothing about Mark reaching his 50th birthday – but suffice it to say that I shall be happy when he finally joins me in the same decade of age!
We are really excited about our concert on Wednesday when the London Conchord Ensemble play at Rathfinny [ http://www.rathfinnyestate.com/events/ ]. We still have a few tickets left but they are selling fast. Booking taken at the Gun Room!
If you missed it, you can catch it on iPlayer http://bbc.in/1p5nJNN and hear what they had to say and play. Described as an Ensemble “Supergroup” because of the distinction of each and every one of the players, they discussed their new association with the Rathfinny Wine Estate.
Unfortunately when asked about whose idea it had been to team up, Emily Pailthorpe of the oboe had to confess how it came about. Emily and I have a ‘guilty secret’ that goes back more than 10 years. We love quilting and met years ago at a local quilting group where we lowered the average age to about 75! The peace of sewing was complimented by the wonderful older ladies who shared their wisdom of the world and somehow put the stresses of being young mums into context. Emily and I have continued to quilt, snatching stolen hours when we can, just to pause and reflect and enjoy each other’s company.
Emily has watched Rathfinny develop as I have watched the London Conchord Ensemble grow in stature over the years, culminating in their performance at the Proms last year. When I talked about Rathfinny being more than just a vineyard, where culture, music and art have space and where we share our journey with others, especially children, Emily knew what I meant. The Ensemble had been looking for somewhere to call their home and so, what started as a gentle friendship, has developed into a really exciting partnership.
I do hope you will be able to join us on Wednesday, but if not, put the weekend date in your diary for next year – 12th – 14th June 2015.
Sarah Driver – Secret Quilter