Tuesday, August 08, 2006


21 April 2006

We had a lovely long weekend in Lille: it’s a great place – wonderful architecture, lots of little cobbled streets to wander around and a very impressive art gallery (Palais des Beaux-Arts). We also particularly enjoyed La Piscine at Roubaix – a former art deco swimming pool converted into a wonderful gallery with paintings and sculptures to discover in every shower room and changing cubicle!

We went to a concert in the splendid setting of the concert hall in the Lille Conservatoire where we heard a series of chamber works for clarinet and string quartet – all written by French composers in the 1990s. I enjoyed the music and, as always with serious contemporary classical music, was fascinated by the precision timing of the players – all communicated with the minutest of gestures and eye contact.

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