Sheila Joynes's Musical Diary

A Grand Weekend

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Last weekend was the last weekend of October, the weekend when National Trust Properties tend to start closing for the winter, and also the last weekend of our half-term holiday.

Being National Trust members, we decided to make the most of our subscription for the year and fit in as many as we could while having a break away in our favourite haunt near Minehead.

So on Friday we went to
STOURHEAD. …wonderful place, gorgeous house, wonderful library, amazing gardens and a Steinway. Grand piano with a notice on it saying “pianists welcome!” – well, of course, I couldn’t resist!

Then on Saturday we went to KNIGHTSHAYES.
And there was a Bluthner Grand in the hall and a Collard and Collard further through the house,both of which were open to visitors!

On Sunday we found ourselves at
ARLINGTON COURT. and – guess what? Yet another Grand piano for me to play. Another Collard and Collard, nicer than the previous one but not a patch on the Steinway.

A Grand weekend indeed!

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