It's that time of year again: the International Early Music Festival and Exhibition at Greenwich in London, probably the best such festival in the world. (Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London: 12th – 14th November 2010)
From violin makers to theorboists to rare manuscript reprints to exquisitely decorated harpsichords, the festival is like a Hell's Angels meet for early music enthusiasts. Plus it attracts top performers who give recitals and master classes.
It's also great to get to and from if travelling from central London. Simply catch a high speed catamaran from Waterloo Pier, enjoy some of the best views of London, and get off by the Cutty Sark.
The writer has no association with the festival (or Thames Clippers!)
Some photos from last year. Wherever you looked someone was blowing, scraping, plucking, honking, parping, or in deep conversation about the efficacy of catgut fiddle strings.