On Saturday evening we joined strange_complex again, this time in Christ Church, for a performance of Handel's Alexander's Feast (the conference she was attending being themed around Alexander). The Thames Consort did well to squeeze into a rather awkward space, and produced a good performance. I'd single out soprano Jenny Bacon for her particularly melodious voice; whilst the other two soloists were quite acceptable, tenor Ross Buddie might perhaps stick to the music Benjamin Britten wrote for Peter Pears in future. The chorus seemed small but produced the right amount of sound; to my amusement, two of the ladies of the choir were permitted to join in the instrumentals at one point, with their recorders. The orchestra was varied: on the whole quite good, but at one stage there was a false start; in one or two passages the violins were excellent, but at other times a bit ragged, rather more like viola players.
I did enjoy this week's Doctor Who, though not as much as the first. Curse of Peladon crossed with Galaxy Quest. Perhaps it was too tongue in cheek at times. Though sceptical of all the purists complaining about the 45-minute single-episode format, I have to admit it did seem a bit rushed and there wasn't any real development, but on the whole they have to stick to the format that will be most commercially viable. I hope the Beeb haven't shot themselves in the foot by announcing the second series (and therefore precipitating all the Christopher Eccleston stuff) so early in the series, but with A R P Blair guesting on Ant and Dec, there's hardly a contest for Saturday evening TV.