One of my very favourite records is a 1965 recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor played by Jacqueline du Pre with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, himself a cellist. This is regarded by many people to be the benchmark performance of this much-loved work. The fact that this concerto is played so beautifully on an instrument crafted from wood only occurred to me when Ray Steward OAM took us on his excellent tree walk in the Australian Plant Communities on 23rd July 2013.
Caroline Zoob and her husband, Jonathan, rented Monk’s House, Rodmell near Lewes, East Sussex, from the National Trust for 10 years. This had been the home of Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard. They bought it in 1919 and took to the garden with passion. With Virginia’s help Leonard turned an ordinary cottage garden into something special.