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The Thrill Of Live Music

“Members of Moleside Probus are so fortunate to be able to be part of outings like this one in the company of friends.”   Moleside member Brian James shares his thoughts on our second concert of the year at London’s Cadogan Hall. 

“Our extremely comfortable fleet of taxis procured by John Brice and coordinated by Paul Tiller swept 30 of us, members and partners, into Sloane Square in perfect time for our now traditional pre-concert supper.

Cote really suits us well. We are seated as a self-contained group just apart from the main restaurant area which was busy as usual.  A welcome sparkling drink appeared which was …… welcome.  Menu choices having been made ahead of our visit, service was smooth and prompt leaving us plenty of time to stroll round the corner to the Hall for the 7.30 start of the performance.”

The buzz as concert time approached sharpened the feelings of anticipation. Our seats, central and well-placed, couldn’t be better for our programme of Russian music by Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky and the highlight Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

The whole programme was outstanding. Conductor Anna-Maria Helsing seemed to drive the talents of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to greater and greater heights. Each piece was accorded a standing ovation.

 c.Evgeny Evtyukhav

The cello soloist, Narek Hakhnazaryan, gave a virtuoso performance in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and then topped that in a short encore showcasing an out-of-this world degree of skill.

All this was dissected at length on the ride home. A memorable evening.  We are so grateful to fellow member Roy Edwards, our music guru, who researches these programmes, recommends what he knows Molesiders will particularly enjoy and secures our seats in the concert hall. Thank you Roy; your choices seem to get better and better. We are indebted to you and to Paul for pulling all this together.

With our advancing years I believe that most of us are not now the regular trippers to town for evening entertainment that we once were.  Doing it solo is a hassle best avoided. Our Moleside group trips enable us to continue the concert visits that we have always enjoyed in our previous lives. 

With the added benefit of great company. Jean and I look forward with enormous pleasure to the next opportunity Moleside gives us to enjoy a concert like this one.”

Thanks Brian for your contribution and help with the photographs All much appreciated.

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