In the evening that day we went back to the house where we’d had the harp workshop because there was an evening soiree to be held there.
Let me tell you about this house first of all. The house is known as Beckford’s Tower, and the “tower” part of the name is there for a reason. Basically because this place is a house, not a massive house but with a BIG tower. William Beckford was a novelist who lived in Bath in the early 19th century and he had a fondness for towers. So he built this house. It is a strange place. Lovely, but strange. The tower is very dominant to the building. And the whole house is situated right in the middle of a graveyard creating a very gothic feeling around the whole place.
Beckford’s Tower, picture from their website as it was dark when we got there
So this is where we had our sioree. Once again this was organized by Helena from our group. She really did a great job putting everything together for this weekend!
To start off with we all had to climb the tower of course. It was quite a climb up these beautiful swirly staris. We used no electric lights so the whole thing was made even more atmospheric by our footman who walked first carrying a candelabra. It made such a perfect light and cast amazing shaddows on the walls. I was so sad that my camera hates places that are not completely lit up so it wouldn’t work to take pictures, because it was really amazing when we walked up all in a row and to see the others. There was Luke (our footman) going first with his wig and his candelabra, then came Rob in his redcoat uniform, after him Oliver in his tailcoat and fourth Ian in a top hat, and just that, going up those stairs in that light looked amazing! It was one of those movie like moments.
At the top it was crowded but cool. Even though it was dark you could see a nice view over Bath and we spent a long time up there taking pictures of each other.
Me and Isabel
Doing reflection shots like this was lots of fun, we all had ours this way
Once down there was a whole score of activities planned. First out there was food of course. Mike entertanied us with lovely harp music and we, his pupils from earlier in the day even got to perform all together a very simple little piece we had tried out. So I’ve played the harp once and already performed! We had a little dancing. A lovely fun little dance which sadly I don’t remember the name of which is a pity because it was lots of fun. Then we had games. There were all kinds of games, blind man’s buff, pin the tail on the Emperor (which resulted in roars of laughters from everyone participating), a treasure hunt (which did involve going out in the graveyard in the dark and the rain…) and a score of other games that I don’t know the names of. We also had readings and singing performances.
Food! (wow, clever caption eh? )
Oliver being the blind man
Love this action shot. Some of us *cough* were hiding behind the curtains
Luke had to “wear” the picture for “pin the tail on the Emperor”. He did it splendidly though! Sooo much fun!
Another game where we all had to copy whatever Helena (who is sitting on the chair) was doing
Zach reading to us from one of William Beckford’s novels
It was a lovely evening and a tired group of people who left long after midnight.