I have said it before and I will say it again - we have some wonderful places to visit in our lovely neck of the woods.
Last Friday I benefited from my mother's misfortune when I accompanied my brother to Glyndebourne to see Handel's Rinaldo. Poor mother languished in the William Harvey hospital with a broken leg while I was treated to a most enjoyable evening.
Glyndebourne really is a very special place and this opera, first performed in London to rave reviews 300 years ago, was well worth seeing. It was a most extraordinary production with St Trinian's style schoolgirls, an amazing rubber suited dominatrix and a completely mad professor causing explosions in the school lab. It was hugely entertaining and the music and singing were superb. I am not sure what Handel would have made of it but I am sure he would appreciate the way his glorious music was still giving so much pleasure so many hundreds of years later. Next year I am hoping to go to Glyndebourne again without having to push my mother down the stairs.