Ahh, Laundromats. Oops, I mean Launderettes. We have gotten officially fed up with smelling like we wash our own clothes, so Allison went to a little laundry place here in York (Allison's Note: Husband, are you criticizing my laundry-washing-in-a-tub skillz?? My arms are still sore from that adventure). Other than the oppressive shop owner ("Excuse me madam, you are closing the dryer door too loudly, let me show you how to do it"), everything went well and we now have nice smelling clothes (As does half of York, today was a busy day at the laundromat, but most people just dropped off their dirty clothes, and most of them were bachelors.... ha!) The do-your-own-laundry thing work for serious backpacking and was a good idea in London, but now that we have a small home base in a smaller city (and 9 days in the same place!) we decided to find other ways to be fresh-from-a-spring-meadow clean. (Translation: Some smells can't be scrubbed out by hand.)
Allison, Daniel and I met for lunch at The Roman Bath Pub, a little place with a 1,950 year old Roman bath in the basement! The ruins are set up like a small museum and you pay a few pounds and you can see it and have the very helpful museum owner give you an introduction.
|The Romans never looked so Tudor|
|A Roman Bath. Under a Pub. Behind an electronics store.|
We were busy today with two concerts, both were excellent.
The lunch time concert was the Festival Consort, a vocal quintet made up of various performers from various ensembles performing in the festival and the The Rose Consort of Viols:
This 1:00 PM concert featured the music of Peter Philips (1560-1628) and Richard Dering (1580-1630). It also obviously featured the "Viol". Viols are not used today in your typical orchestra but were used in early music, specifically developed during the Renaissance. The tend to come in a few sizes as you can see below. Such an interesting sound is produced from this type of instrument! The first thing I noticed is how relatively soft the overall sound of the group was. With the improvement in instrument production and the quality of materials used, our modern decedents from such instruments produce a louder sound that can be heard clearly at the back of a room. The group's sound was light, stringy (in a good way!) and very pleasant to hear. (The instruments have gut strings (like nylon) instead of metal - that also makes them softer.)
|From left to right: recorder, bass viol (on floor), cittern (darker guitar-looking thingy, played melody and chords), lute (lighter guitar-looking thingy, played mostly melody), the singer, bandora (mandolin-looking thingy, played mostly chords|
|McSteamy playing the cittern|
It was nice to hear some instrumental music - it has pretty much all been vocal so far, but there's a good mix for the rest of the time, as well as several other performance halls that are really unique and REALLY old...although I'm really looking forward to our last concert in York because it's back in the cathedral!