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It was classical music week with a trip to the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall where we saw Elgar and Vaughan Williams performed by the Scottish Symphony Orchestra. It's a beautiful venue and I love to hear music there. It was good to see it full as the Proms are a fabulous national treasure from the BBC - the world's largest classical music festival with over 70 concerts spread over 3 months every summer. 'Prommers' queue on the day (queueing again!) for standing tickets at just £5 which makes it brilliantly accessible for the less well off but hardy folk. Luckily for me we had box tickets as I'm too short and too lazy to stand for a couple of hours! Here's a photo of the inside of the wonderful hall, taken just after the performance finished in case you were thinking I'd taken in mid symphony which would be a major Proms crime...
One of my local galleries was holding their Summer 2010 Collection which was very interesting. Salon Contemporary on Westbourne Grove showcase the best of new British talent in this annual event in its 4th year now and new graduates get to show their work in the trendy gallery. It was invite only and was absolutely packed. The most eye catching was Hye Young Ku who works with bin bags and combines a static piece with performances and the photos shows her is in her bin bag bed creation within which she sang short sets. Salon Gallery has regularly changing exhibitions and is an important champion of new work. They also initiated a great new local initiative, First Wednesdays, where local galleries and fashion shops open late on the first Wednesday of the month (it was in the name I guess!) which just makes Notting Hill even better
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Restaurants this week included Camino near Kings Place - really good tapas and the bar was absolutely rammed with people who'd clearly been there for some time but no trouble at all.
And finally, Toy Story 3 - absolutely loved it and just held back a tear as they headed into the fire..... Genius story, scripting, technical brilliance and witty too. We went to the Electric Cinema to see it so we had the added loveliness of super comfy spacious seats and a bottle of wine.
Next week is shaping up - a trip to the Proms and a Kenwood picnic concert if the weather holds up.
Bye for now,