The autumn has arrived. I actually love this time of the year. Well, as long as it is not raining that is.. Walking through my local Crystal Palace Park has been particularly enjoyable seeing the beautiful sunrise shining on golden autumn leaves. It reminds me of my home, Japan. This photo was taken while I was jogging in the early evening of last Sunday. Well, the sky was changing the colour every single second so I had to stop to take this. It was breath taking. My iPhone does not do justice on the colour but still I want to share this with you.
For those might not be familiar with Crystal Palace Park in London I have to tell you how historically this park played a significant role in cultural scenes in this country. Originally the Crystal Palace-which hosted the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park from 1 May to 11 October 1851 was designed by Joseph Paxton. After the exhibition it was bought by Crystal Palace Company and moved to Penge, Sydenham. I am not going into details here but you can find out more from Crystal Palace Foundation page. It hosted the famous Handel Festival as well as Saturday Concerts. Sadly as Sir Winston Churchill called it “This is the end of an era.”, a spectacular fire destroyed London’s famed Crystal Palace – considered the world’s first modern theme park – on the night of Nov. 30, 1936.
It has been my dream to bring somehow this wonderful music history back in Crystal Palace. It is still a trial stage this year but I am so pleased to announce our first concert this week. I am extremely excited to welcome an international multi-insturumentalist, Orphy Robinson who will improvise on Martin Luther King’s Speech to mark Black History Month in UK in October.
17th October 2013 7.30pm
The Palace Concerts-Music from Then and Now at Crystal Palace Vol.1
Supported by Crystal Palace Foundation, Black History Month in UK