as i write this, the concert room is being renovated and prepared
for its public again, but when we were in it, it hadn't been used
for thirty years. We had to run over 50m of electrical extensions
thru, because the leccy had been disconnected years ago, which was
kind of weird, as there was Victorian statuary all around. There
was also a grand piano, so we weighted down the sustain pedal and
played into the open lid.
And then the extraordinary small theatre upstairs, out of use
for decades. Dusty velvet boxes (does my memory deceive me?),
light fromskylights, carvings, plaster statuettes...a piano lopsided
on the small stage. The main hall gave the impression of insisting
that one take its past into account, but this room seemed almost
haunted. I remember getting to it up stats and through long dim
wood-and-glass-lined corridors, some with floorboards missing...