Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A weekend in Cambridge and Twickenham (!)

Off to Cambridge last Friday for the second performance of Crouch End Festival Chorus's summer concert in the West Road Concert Hall. Rosemary and I stayed for the whole weekend and managed to take in a couple of the colleges, although Kings was just too crowded. Maybe we'll go back on a weekday when it's a bit quieter.

Then on Sunday we drove down to Twickenham to see Genesis, one of my favourite bands of all time, despite my growing suspicion that Phil Collins is a man of more talent than taste. Some of the songs he penned for the group in its later years would have been more suited to one of his solo albums (which I dislike almost without exception). However, they still have an exceptional back-catalogue, and it was great to hear them perform a couple of songs I'd never heard them do live, such as the exquisitely beautiful Ripples from A Trick of the Tail (which I'd told Rosemary only a couple of hours before that they wouldn't play when we were listening to it in the car on the way). I've seen the band four or five times now (although never with Gabriel), and I can safely say this was the best of their gigs I've seen.

A couple of videos from YouTube, the first from Twickenham, and the second (which is much higher quality) from an earlier gig in Paris: