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The long awaited day dawned, bright and clear, the day when I was going to see an old friend starring in a film.
The film was “QUARTET” a story set in a luxury home for retired musicians – Beecham House.
It has a star studded cast, but my old friend was not Maggie Smith, nor Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay nor Billie Connelly – it was my grand piano, which had a starring role from the very beginning to end.
Three years ago when Wyn and I were downsizing, we decided to part with my piano which I rarely played, because it was in the same room as the T.V. with inevitable results.
I rang an old friend, an ex-pupil who has an upholstery business in Cowbridge and offered her the piano for her five children. I wanted it to go immediately in case I changed my mind. She accepted with alacrity, and by the next afternoon it had gone.
Wyn, of course was quite right. I very quickly filled the space.
Whilst the piano was being stored in the upholstery factory unit, before it had found its way to the new family home, representatives from the film company went to their warehouse to buy some furniture, saw the wonderful grand piano and ‘hired’ it on the spot!
So began its journey to Hedsor House, the magnificent privately-owned Georgian country house in Buckinghamshire, which is the stunning backdrop of Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut QUARTET. It is also a wedding venue and conference centre and the piano fitted in perfectly!
If you haven’t seen QUARTET, I heartily recommend it to you. It has everything a good film needs, a good storyline, humour, pathos, romance, and unusually is absolutely wholesome.
Oh, it has also got a lovely grand piano!
Following a stray suggestion from the parish reading group, a film society has been quietly gaining momentum in the parish. The films we’ve enjoyed so far include Jane Eyre, The Iron Lady, and The Artist. Well, some of us enjoyed The Artist – by arriving late and receiving a free ticket from a kind passer-by – while we all learned that tickets for Oscar-nominated films should probably be booked in advance.
The films we’ll be seeing in March are: The Descendents at 6 pm on Monday the 12th, and J. Edgar, at 2:30 pm on Wednesday the 21st. There’s no need to sign up in advance — just turn up at Chapter Arts at least ten minutes before the performance. If you need a lift or want to let us know you’re coming, sign-up sheets are kindly prepared by Judy and left at the back of St. David’s. Ticket prices range from £4.80 to £6.60 and can also be purchased with Time Credits.
Chapter Arts is a wonderful place to socialise with friends – those who weren’t fortunate enough to get tickets for The Artist stayed and spent three hours chatting over one coffee! It would be great if more people from the parish come along.