Sheila Joynes's Musical Diary

A Grand Weekend


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!