Music in Cambridge

We go to Clare College Chapel in Cambridge to celebrate the life of Nicholas Ferrar (founder of the Little Gidding community), and we are treated to a choral Evensong that sparkles with the fine singing of the College Choir.

Nicholas Ferrar window, Clare College Chapel (showing the church at Little Gidding)

Nicholas Ferrar window, Clare College Chapel (showing the church at Little Gidding)

Then we join hundreds of spectators lining the banks of the River Cam to listen to the Choir of Trinity College, sitting in punts on the river, singing the most beautiful madrigals you could imagine. 2013-06-09 20.51.05The harmonies drift across the water, mixing with the sounds of nature at sunset……pure magic. I find myself choked by the beauty of one in particular…..Only in Sleep:

Only in sleep I see their faces

Children I played with when I was a child

Louise comes back with her brown hair braided

Annie with ringlets warm and wild.

Only in sleep Time is forgotten

What may have come to them, who can know?

Yet we played last night as long ago

And the doll house stood on the turn of the stair.

The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces

I met their eyes and found them mild

Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder

And for them am I too a child?

(Words: Sara Teasdale 1884-1933)2013-06-09 20.55.11


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on June 10, 2013, in Aspects of Britain and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Magical experiences can be the result of great skill combined with humble simplicity. But when you add wondrous surroundings as well it moves from the magical to the supranatural.

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