Cerne Giant beacon

5th June 2012 | Concerts, Daily Life, Travel | 1 comment

I’m down in Dorset for the annual music festival of the Gaudier Ensemble in Cerne Abbas. Last night I finished my rehearsals in time to join a crowd of people walking from the centre of the village and up the hill where the famous Cerne Abbas Giant is depicted. On top of the hill, as night fell, a huge bonfire was lit as one of the beacons in the Jubilee celebrations. For a while it looked as if nothing but dark plumes and pillars of smoke would issue from the pyre, but suddenly it burst into flame. The heat was welcome on an evening so chilly that when I got my camera out to take a photo of the bonfire, my hands were so cold I could hardly manipulate the tiny buttons. Early June, indeed!

On our way down the hill in the dark, we could see other fiery beacons punctuating the ridge of distant hills. This was actually my favourite moment of the Jubilee celebrations. It felt as if we were back in Elizabethan times (I mean Tudor Elizabethan) when beacons were used to pass messages quickly across the counties.

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  1. James B

    Excuse me, Susan, for sharing something that’s off topic, but I recall recent discussion about introducing music before performance. This recording is of Myra Hess playing some German Dances of Schubert and includes her introducing the music. Her accent is certainly ‘Queen’s English’ of the day and the recording was made about 60 years ago… so I suppose it’s a little bit appropriate 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGdqTtiiSw8

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