Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Friday 14 November 2014

Today's mystery object...

...is a serpent - the kind you blow down to make (if you're really proficient) a sound somewhere between a French horn and a tuba.

This weekend the Painted Hall at Greenwich serves as the impressively grandiose venue for the exhibition part of the Early Music Festival, for makers and suppliers of music and musical instruments.

And an amazing collection of harps and harpsichords, recorders, viols, crumhorns, shawms, bagpipes and other products of great artistry and craftsmanship it turns out to be.

Complete with a programme of concerts by professionals and students, it (almost) inspires a desire to have a go oneself.


  1. Round about this time of year we sometimes have concerts of music on old instruments. I am not always wholly entranced, some of them do make a racket!

  2. Ah yes, the annual Blockflötenfolter, torment by recorder ...