We’ve just complete the filming of two new string ensemble duos that we frequently perform: Boccherini’s Minuet and Trio and Gershwin’s Summertime. Staff at English Heritage were generous enough to allow us to use the magnificent Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire as a setting for the session.
We filmed the Boccherini outside, in the ‘great garden’ which contains statues, topiary and urns – very appropriate to the classical period.But finding a backdrop for the Gershwin was more of a challenge, as it comes from the opera Porgy and Bess which is set in South Carolina. Eventually we decided on a sandy-coloured walkway which was partly covered and had a gravel floor, as this evoked some of the hot feeling that is appropriate for the music.
Our film crew were the excellent Lux Technical, who made our videos last year, one of which won an award on You Tube. Despite the professionalism of our film crew the whole occasion was quite tough for us, as, like most people, neither Roger nor I are very comfortable about being filmed close up. However, everything went well and the videos will be going on You Tube and our website next week.
Kirby Hall website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/kirbyhall
Lux technical website: www.luxtechnical.co.uk