Obituary: Christopher Irby, professional cellist and conductor of the Marlborough Concert Orchestra for many years
Christopher Irby moved to Hungerford in 2005 after his retirement as a successful professional cellist. His positions included nine years as a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and twenty five years as a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked with many world famous conductors.
The day started properly when we got off the bus in the centre of Gunjur and made our way into the TARUD office. TARUD is the local NGO, the Trust Agency for Rural Development, set up in 1997 by the Marlborough-Gunjur link. There we listened to Baai, the Director of TARUD, give a very wise and moving talk.
For me the recent discovery of a lost portrait by Diego Velasquez revived memories of the talk given at last year's Marlborough LitFest by Amy Sackville.
Her novel Painter to the King is a fictional account of the artist's life at the Madrid court of Philip IV. Amy Sackville gave a brilliant talk and showed how Velasquez continues to play on her imagination.
Painter to the King is a breath-taking book. It works wonders with words and speech patterns, and it successfully takes you into Diego Velasquez' inspiration and his way of painting - at time almost brush stroke by brush stroke. It certainly confirms the critics' view that Amy Sackville has extraordinary gifts as writer.
The Festival of Eid Al-Adha - a family occasion that includes the sacrifice of a goat - Callum Roberts and Oli Chandler's blogs
Gunjur: This morning we went to Tobaski, or the festival of Eid Al-Adha, celebrated at the prayer ground in the centre of Gunjur.
That’s what we found out today. Seeing how the local people live their lives, how they get on with their days. It’s like: this is how they live, and it’s how we’re going to live for the next two weeks. That’s exciting, and it makes me nervous too. Intrigued.
Each of these young persons has been referred with particular vulnerabilities in order to help develop their confidence and resilience and contribute to their general wellbeing.
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