Michael Flint and I went for a short spin around Orford yesterday morning - primarily to visit the Sudbourne Park Printmakers premises which is where he works on his etchings! But we also made a short trip to the 13th century church of All Saints, Sudbourne, one of the many ancient and special Suffolk churches which are such treasures of this part of England.
The artists cooperative that shares these facilities is a pretty remarkable group of people. Michael, who comes from an Orford family that migrated from Canterbury, had a distinguished career as a solicitor in the film and entertainment industry. We worked together at Glyndebourne 35 years ago and he and Phyllida have been very good friends to me over the years. He had a long stint on the council of the Aldeburgh Festival and retains of course a close interest in and enthusiasm for their work. We had three very good days at the varied events at the festival this week.
Last nights events at the Maltings will be covered in detail tomorrow. Now I am back in Lonoon but slightly pressed for time so this report will be in two instalments!