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Classical music agony aunt ALICE McVEIGH
raves about Barclaycard and the Absolute Zero Viola Quartet,
and comments on pillow fighting in Eastbourne

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? 'Hi Alice,

Passing the Albany (Lions) Hotel in Eastbourne, UK, on a Saturday afternoon recently, I was so amazed to hear what must be the fastest ever performance of the final rondo from Mozart's K467 that I asked a member of staff, who told me that the astonishingly talented Albanian pianist Mariela Cingo was rehearsing with the Wealden Sinfonia.

It seems the pianist was staying in the hotel over the weekend with her family whilst playing three different concertos, but the receptionist seemed concerned because, apparently, immediately before the rehearsal, Cingo's two young children had engaged the conductor in a pillow fight (and won).

Are they completely crazy in Eastbourne? I used to think that this was a town full of sedate, retired people .....

Copyright © 5 November 2010 Alice McVeigh, Kent UK

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