Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Chapter House

I have just been playing Britten's War Requiem in Well's Cathedral, exactly fifty years after it was first written. I realise, once more, how important it is to play the right music in the right space. Music needs space around it and different kinds of music need different acoustics. The setting around the concert also adds to its depth: I have watched the evening light transform in Well's Cathedral to a deep blue that matches the cassocks of the Well's Cathedral choir. On this last visit to Well's, I discovered the Chapter House; it seems the most sacred place to do a summer's evening meditation.