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There’s been a groundswell of outrage against the planned closure of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s world-famous musical instrument collection, especially as the gallery is to be refurbished to display fashion instead. Sign of the times, say most. Here’s the Guardian’s editorial take on it, today.
The Grauniad makes a lot of sense, and it does indeed seem sad that the public will be denied the chance to see some of the most beautiful instruments ever created. But I have one little caveat to add. There is no sight in a museum that breaks my heart more than that of a Stradivarius violin hanging up behind glass, unplayed.
Please excuse me: I have to disappear for a while as we have a family emergency afoot. Back as soon as possible.
It’s one of those times when only Bach will do, so here is the late, incomparable Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in an aria from Cantata No.33.