These are photos I took on two wanders between Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square and Portugal Street today and yesterday. Mostly on foot, so even less excuse for poor quality pictures… London is such a fascinating place. I particularly enjoy the randomness of it.
I went into St Martin in the Fields, just to have a look (I think I might have been in there before, but I can’t quite remember), and there was a concert starting at 1pm, so I decided to stay for it. It was free, although donations were welcome (and well-deserved). The concert was performed by a young wind quintet, Notus Winds, as part of the St Martin in the Fields concert series. Apparently they host about 350 concerts a year, of one kind or another! The quintet (sometimes a sextet, including piano) played pieces by Jacques Ibert, Ligeti and Francis Poulenc, all of which were very enjoyable and cheered me up considerably. Some parts of the Poulenc (Sextet for Piano & Wind Quintet) reminded me a bit of Leonard Bernstein, in that it reminded me of the music from West Side Story, which I didn’t expect. I think the only Poulenc I’ve encountered before has been floaty flute pieces.