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ENSEMBLE 360.

6-5-18. So to the Last Concert of My Leamington Festival Experience. Sheffield,s Own Ensemble 360.

On Arrival . Find Ensembles Piano Player, Tim Horton. Is Unable to Attend.

Looks Like My Smetana Polka,s Have Gone West !. Find it Strange Replacement Pianist Cannot Play Them !.

Tonight,s Programme is Changed around a Bit Too.

Concert Opens with Anton Reicha, Wind Quartet in E Flat OP 88 No 2. Reicha Known for His Wind Music. Though I Have a Fine Piano CD Of His.

First Thoughts. Clarinet Player, Plus Sax, too. Matthew Hunt. Makes a Good Leader of the Ensemble. He Introduces Each Musical Piece. With a Amusing & Easy Going Style. Plus Amy Harman Plays a Mean Bassoon.

Second Item Tonight. A Double Bassoon Solo Item. Quite a Novelty !. Leamington Has the Grand Union Canal. Much Nature in Abundance. Birds a Plenty.


Composer Sculhoff in the Dadaism Style. Going Off in a Tangent. With the BassNachtigall. Was Very Interesting. Played Well.


First Half Finish,s with Miloslav Kabelac Wind Sex…
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CZECH HISTORY & MUSIC TALK.

6-5-18. Dvorak Society AGM. Is Followed by a Talk by DR Katya Kocourek & Patrick Lambert. About the Creation Of Czechoslovakia and Music During the Great War.

Before Talk Begins. I Get Coffee & Lemon Cake. Have Difficulty to Navigate back to My Seat. In the Cramped Room. People Have Taken Seats. Plus are Not Too Keen. To Allow Me Back to My Seat & Belongings. Spilled Nearly All My Coffee in to My Saucer !.

Dr Katya Kocourek begins Explaining the History. The Czechoslovak Legion Volunteer Armed Forces. Their Aim to Win Support for Independence. From the Austrian, Hungarian Empire.

Many Fought in Russia. Which at The Time the Czechs Classed as Friends to Their Cause. The Legion Fighting in Major Battles, Like Zborov.

What I Found Fascinating. That there were Czechs Fighting for the Hapsburg Empire. If Anything Explains Why War is Futile. This is it !. Czechs Fighting Their Own People !.

The Russian Civil war Followed. The Legion now involved Fighting the Bolsheviks. …

JANA VONASKOVA - NOVAKOVA. & MARTIN KASIK.

6-5-18. The Acclaimed Prazak String Quartet. Played in London. Then Here in Leamington. Friday Evening, again Yesterday Lunch Time. Due to Time Constraints. Was Unable to Attend.

Not To Worry. The Leader of The Prazak String Quartet. Jana Vonaskova - Novakova Plays This Lunch Times Concert. With the Pianist Martin Kasik.

Jana had a Scholarship with the Royal College of Music.

Concert begins with Smetana,s " From My Homeland ". Dedicated to His Patron. Prince Alexander Thurn - Taxis. Must Have Liked it. In Return The Prince Bestowed Smetana with a Ivory Snuffbox !. Something Not to be Sneezed At !.

Smetana of Course is Credited of Been a True Czech Nationalist. While in Weimar on the Invitation from Lizt. He Heard in Conversation with Austrian Conductor Johann Von Herbeck. That The Conductor, Thought That the Czech,s were Incapable of Creating Music of their Own !!!. Smetana Thought, Ano, Right !!!. Surprised He Did Not Punch Him !!!.

Smetana had a Sad End to his Li…

GUARNERI PIANO TRIO.

5-5-18. First Concert of My Leamington Musical Festival Visit. At the Royal Pump Rooms. Expertly Organised & Run by Richard Phillips.
This Years Festival in Connection with The Centenary of the Founding of Czechoslovakia.

BBC Who in General give Czech & Slovak Music. Much Air Time. Decided in their Wisdom. Not to Mark the Centenary.

At the BBC Proms. One Czech Entry. ( Dvorak Cello Concerto ). In the Worlds Greatest Classical Musical Festival. Well, That,s What They Say !.

Tonight,s Concert by the Guarneri Piano Trio. With Over Thirty Years Experience Together. Some Feat !.
Seen them Play Two Years ago in Leamington. Must Say I Am a Big Fan of Pianist, Ivan Klansky. Ex Junior Chess Master. Teacher & Good Travel Planner. This Month in Praha, Plays Solo. Dream Gig, If i was there.

When you See this Aging Trio. Cannot Help Thinking. That it is a Privilege. To Watch & listen to Them. Sometimes Audiences can take these things for Granted.
Like Also, the Page Turner for Iva…

DRAWING BOARD.

5-5-18. Arrive at Charming Leamington Spa. Glorious Sunny May Weather. Check in to My Hotel. Set off on 15 Min Walk to the Centre.


Pay My Respects to the Czech Memorial to Jan Kubis, Josef Gabcik, among Others. Set in the Lovely Jephson Gardens.
The Czech Free Army Headquarters were at Harrington House, Sadly No Longer there at Newbold Terrace. Adjacent to the Gardens.

Retire to Nearby Drawing Board. 18 Newbold Street CV32 4HN.

Two Wooden Floor Storey Building. Collection of Leather Sofas & Framed Vintage Comic Books.
Have Free Upstairs Open Windowed View of Sunny May Day. Just Chilling.
Order Offer of Three Tapas Meals. Honey Panko Prawns. Wonderful Sardinian Anchovy, Pequillo Pepper. Bedded on Lemon & Parsley Bruscetta. And a Delight. Portobello Mushroom with Colston Bassett Stilton Crumb.
Washed Down with Elephant Wash. Tropical Red IPA. 4-5 abv. So Called Because Elephants were Watered Down in The Leamington Waters !.

Friendly & Quality Unobtrusive Service. Must Fini…

BREAD WITH THAT !!!.

22-3-18. Czech Book Purchased. To Satisfy My Reading Needs. False Dawn at Mala Strana Venue. Heaving !. Will Have to take My Business Elsewhere. Choose Venue over the Vlatava.

Flying Back Later Today. Always Sad. Weather is Bitter. Snow Try,s To Arrive at Iconic Charles Bridge.
Arrive at New Site of Prague Beer Museum. Smetanovo Nabrezi. Praha 1. 110 00.

Obtain Rear Room Table. Table Opposite Me. Over Hear Confab about Bill. Tourists Settling Up among themselves With Euros.
Table soon taken by Young Students. Much Pondering of Food & Pivo Menu,s. While People Watching. Have Fine Garlic Polevka. Plus Baronka.

Waiting Staff Give Patient Time for Student Mind Making.
Large Table Order Begins. Incredulous Expression of Waitress. A Joy !. Student Inquires. " Does Bread come with the Burger " ?. !!!. Continue with Opat Chocolate. Finish with Rather Good. Bakalar Honey Pivo.
New Prague Museum Site. A Success.

MUZEUM KARLA ZEMANA.

22-3-18. After a Article on Radio Praha. Was Interested Enough to Visit the Museum of Karel Zeman.

Nicely Situated Under Charles Bridge. Museum is a Good Mix of Information & Interactive. Ideal for Family,s with Inquisitive Children.

After Study in Advertising ( France ). Zeman Returned to His Native Bohemia. Where at Bata, ( In Zlin ). Got Interested in Animation. Czech Excellence in Animation. Often Starts with Puppet Work. With Zeman it was no Exception.
He was Influenced by the Great Jan Svankmajer.

Zeman,s Fine Film,s Include " The Fabulous World Of Jules Verne " & " Baron Munchhausen ".
There is also a Wonderful Gift Shop. Where you can Purchase. Zeman Films on DVD, Books & T Shirts.

Zeman,s Work went on to Inspire Many People. Like the Film Director Tim Burton.

People have Mentioned my Capitals in Sentence,s. If It,s Good Enough For William Blake. It,s Good Enough For Me !.