Pleasant evening after madly busy day winding down in the company of the patrons of the Academy of Ancient Music. The orchestra is touring East Asia and a dozen of their supporters have come to China on a special package which combines tourism and AAM's (not AMM's) concert at the Egg tomorrow. Tonight the Deputy Ambo and I host a dinner for them and some Chinese contacts. The patrons, usually retired, are invariably interesting and from all walks of life; on my left a successful child-psychologist, on my right an American lady who had been at the vanguard of the computer industry in the 70s and 80s.
Sadly I will miss their performance tomorrow. I will also miss a couple of very enticing concerts in London: a Mute weekend at the Roundhouse, and Nurse With Wound at Koko. While last night I could have picked from ether Tony Conrad at Corsica Studios or a special evening of Robert Wyatt music at the QEH. So much choice.