What a wonderful evening we had! We arrived in plenty of time for the evening performance of this lovely “classic” Radio 4 programme.
I and several others went straight to the bar before the performance. Standing in the queue with a £5. note in my hand I asked for a dry martini and lemonade to which the bar man replied “we do not serve martini madam” so I asked for a vodka and lemonade instead. He got a bottle of vodka down to show me and approve the make (I said “yes” – I wouldn’t know one from another anyway) He then asked if I wanted ice (yes I did )which he then filled up the tumbler with – nearly to the top and then a small piece of lime) a shot of vodka and opened the smallest tin of lemonade and charged me £9.00! Thank goodness I didn’t want anything to eat!!!
So be warned the RAH is NOT A CHEAP PLACE to drink!
However, the concert was great! The Conductor was Anthony Inglis who conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. So many lovely favourites including Swan Lake, Hallelujah Chorus, Nimrod and my two favourites, Rhapsody in Blue (played by 2014 young musician of the year Martin James Bartlett on piano) and Bolero (I can still see Torville and Dean skating to this). We heard excerpts from Princess Margaret interviewed by Roy Plomley in 1981 and who wanted something from Swan Lake and Judi Dench who chose The Lark Ascending. The show was hosted by Kirsty Young who recently interviewed the programme’s 3,000th castaway and who even took a few audience questions: For the record she would most like to be marooned on a desert island with the philosopher AC Grayling.