Charleston (1)

We went to a magical evening in the newly refurbished barn at Charleston in which Melvyn Tan played music which was in some way redolent of the Bloomsbury group, who were early twentieth century, freeform and all so passionately Francophile – Poulenc, Debussy, Eric Satie – interwoven by texts selected by Virginia Nicholson and Paul Boucher and performed with great spirit and equal brio by Eve Best, who was Vanessa Bell in Life in Squares and Wallis Simpson in The King’s Speech. It was the purest, high-minded synaesthesia, apart from the occasional birdsong and passing aircraft: T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and Proust.

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