The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #130895   Message #2948969
Posted By: Vic Smith
21-Jul-10 - 09:09 AM
Thread Name: Vaughan Williams Memorial Library & its importance
Subject: RE: Vaughan Williams Memorial Library & its importance
What you are describing is the tired old used-to-be of Cecil Sharp House. I see its vibrancy I go there these days; loads of young people lugging banjo cases eager for their lessons; the massive turnout for Pete Cooper's weekly fiddle lessons (amongst the pupils important media people like Verity Sharp whose enthusiatic support counts for a lot on radio and television programmes), an impressive programme of library lectures that attract a wide age range, I have to pinch myself when I go there these days and say 'Is this the crumbling old edifice that I used to loathe?'

Many of the young acts in their busy concert programme are not to my taste, but I am very encouraged to see their vitality. Even five years ago, it would have been doubtful that an event such as Nowt So Queer As Folk would have taken place there. Times change and Cecil Sharp House has changed quicker than most.

You write - It no longer serves as visitor friendly - I can only assume that it is some time since you have been there.