The programme is all done and is in Maureen's safe hands, ready for printing, and I'm already thinking about the October concert. Well, seriously, I'm not that keen, but I did watch a documentary on Vivaldi last night. It was amusingly presented by Rick Wakeman (whose premise was that Vivaldi was the original Rock God and The Seasons the first concept album) and there were lots of lovely shots of Venice.
So, what did I learn? Well, we look back at these great classical composers with a degree of reverence, but in their time, the life of a jobbing composer was not an easy one. Vivaldi had an illustrious (and occasionally scandalous) career in Venice, but lost his patronage, and died in poverty in Vienna.
I'd known that Vivaldi had a major role as composer and musical director for a foundling hospital in Venice; what I didn't know was that some of the female orphans stayed for life. Male orphans were apprenticed to trades at the age of 14, but there weren't the same opportunities for women, and thinking about it, talented female performers may well have relished the opportunity to stay, rather than go into service or other poorly paid or insecure trades.
Still, time to focus on next Saturday's concert first!