Thanksgiving Is Ruined
March 02, 2009
the refined rough sleepers of Southwark
From a readers' Q&A interview with violinist Ruggiero Ricci in the Dec. 2008 The Strad magazine:
Years later, when I made the recording [of Bach's complete cycle of sonatas and partitas] for Unicorn at a church in London, I remember that we had to start the session after midnight so that there wouldn't be as much noise from the street.
The Bach recording in question is this one, on the Regis label, through which some records from the Unicorn catalog are available these days.
Ricci's website's discography states that the recording was done in early 1981 at St. George the Martyr, or "Little Dorrit's Church."
A few links with some info on the increase in rough sleeping/homelessness during the Thatcher years are
Mayor Boris Johnson spent approx. 45 minutes this past holiday season feeding the homeless, in Southwark. (No violins.)