The sound of one hand clapping

Apologies to any and all followers of my blog for the long silence since my last post. My life has been somewhat topsy-turvied by various events, but I now feel ready to blog again like we did last summer. Remember, a book is not just for Christmas, you can buy them all year round at The Glass Key bookshop or through The Glass Key website (

To start I am posting another poem taken from the small book Your Animal Poems published by Gordon Fraser in 1969 and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Mozart in Poitiers

Last night we went to a Mozart concert performed in the Salle des Pas Perdus in the Palais de Justice, Poitiers.  The Ensemble Josquin des Prés de Poitiers under the direction of Thierry Vallet played the Haffner Symphony and Concertos 20 and 21.  The pianist was Jean-Claude Pennetier.   The music was played to a standard that made the trip to Poitiers well worth while and the setting added a real something to the evening.

The dining hall of the Palais de Justice was built by Eleanor of Aquitaine between 1191 and 1204.  Named the salle des pas perdus (the hall of lost steps) because footfalls simply disappear in the enormous space (50 metres by 17 metres and the largest enclosed space in Europe at the time).  The chestnut ceiling was a later addition being built in 1862.

Salle des pas perdus