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100th Birthdays or Anniversaries are becoming more common – an unexpected consequence of climate change..? but even so they are still to be celebrated rather than ignored.

Not having a mole on the RIBI Council, no tame Assange or Snowden to hand, your scribe does not know why Birmingham

was selected as the site for the Conference which would celebrate 100 years of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, however, the event to which any Rotarians quick enough off the mark were welcome, the Concert in the Symphony Hall could not have been improved upon as a venue.

Fortunately for the thirty six members and their guests of the Rotary Club of Faringdon &

District, our Nightingale (John) sang swiftly and sweetly, thus we travelled comfortably in an executive coach, dined in style, and had enviable seats in the magnificent auditorium that can accommodate some 2200 plus on four levels. Shaena’s quick and early action in reserving some of the best seats was appreciated by all, furthermore those seats were at ground level and not far from the impressive staging, itself having room for 83 players in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and 60 or so members of the renowned Treorchy Male Choir.

The Concert was styled as ‘Last Night of the Rotary Proms’, so the evening would be more Classic FM than Radio 3, which did not mean we lacked for high quality and exciting musicianship both instrumental and choral, most of the orchestral pieces known, if not all well, the choral items of a welcome variety as to style, period, nationality... It might be invidious to pick one piece from the first half for special mention, but to select an Aunt Sally for knocking down at future Club evenings, how about the Orchestra’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the remarkable acoustics of the modern Hall allowing full range of decibels and sectional skills: it is not all cannons and carillons.

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