I’d had a couple of drinks on the way there…

After twenty or so years in arts fundraising I was particularly struck by two things I read this week.  The first was about the epidemic of sobriety amongst twenty-somethings. This particular article (which was one of many as I now understand it) made me wryly smile and roll my eyes in equal measure.  The latter... Continue Reading →

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The Press Night, the Stage Technician’s Armpit and the Conductor’s speech

I had a couple of drinks on the way there.  Opening Nights at the opera company were, it was clear at first sight, a combination of booze-soaked debauchery, drama-queenery and incompetence.  There was no way to get through them apart from micro-managing via a haze of warm white wine, the first glass of which was served from... Continue Reading →

The Inventor, The Trophy Wife and the Berni Inn

The Inventor had been introduced to us via the unlikely avenue of the overly-aggressive South American Horn Enthusiast.  The suggestion that they were ‘dear friends’ was extremely hard to compute.  I couldn’t imagine the latter having any friends, never mind ‘dear’ ones.  I was abruptly informed that The Inventor liked singing and pianists and that... Continue Reading →

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