London, July 10, Athenaeum Club.
In this most dignified and most beautiful building my son and I were invited to celebrate the 60iest birthday of my close friend Regina. Her husband, member of the Athenæum, planned the ” Soiree Surprise” for his wife, knowing it’s very very difficult – almost impossible – to hide anything from her. With an astute smile on her face while entering the dining room, Regina “refused” to know anything:-)
The evening started with a harpsichord concert (Regina’s most favorite instrument) followed by a delicious three course menue. I was very much impressed by the harpsichord. For those who don’t know (I didn’t know it), a harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when each key is pressed. It was widely used in baroque music. It became less popular following the invention of the piano, but is still used in contemporary music due to its distinctive sound. Jane Chapman, described by The Independent on Sunday as ‘Britain’s most progressive harpsichordist’, played on her 18 th century French instrument equally passionated baroque and contemporary music.
As diverse as the music were the guests and dear friends.
It was a great honor and pleasure to be there and share this birthday party with Regina and Leo and their friends!
Leo, thanks again for this unforgettable evening!
And again dear birthday child: All the best and many, many more happy years to come!