It can’t have hurt that the sun was belting out more than had been forecast, and there were constant queues for the barbeque and the ice-creams !
Almost every blade of grass was sat upon for the ballet performances on the lawn, which are run every hour throughout the afternoon. It’s hot work for the children but immensely popular, with live music.
My only gripe, and that of my friends too, was that there could have been more pointe work, but it’s a small one and the whole experience is unbeatable.
More on the dancing later but I have to say right now that my head is still reeling from the delicate, sheer exquisiteness of the bronze statues by Richard MacDonald. Regular readers will recall that I mentioned these had been installed on loan for the Royal Gala a few weeks ago. Richard is one of the most collected figurative sculptors alive today and they are the most beautiful, expressive, delicate, sublime sculptures I have ever seen. They must sell for millions and be worth every single penny. They won’t be there for much longer and if there is any way you can get to see them, you should.
I’ve always noticed sculptures of dancers but have never seen any that capture the fleetness of foot nor the elegance & lightness of line which Richard’s sculptures do.
I wish they could stay forever; truly they are marvels of creation.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.