Sylvia Townsend Warner in King's College (Cambridge) - 29 July, 1930

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 64:

The air was warm and sweet with wax candles. We sat at the West end, while Boris Ord played (first something I didn't know, then the Fantasia in G, with the roulades escaping on iron pinions after the pause) and the light in the organ sent an enormous rod of shadow along the roof...There was an interval of conversational voices, and he began to extemporise.  I thought I should never hear that again, and in that terrific tunnel of dark masonry with its one useless shaft of light piercing the upper dark, it was like a Donne poem and a funeral.  Just at the end, or rather just as one…   more >>

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 64. accessed: 3 December, 2022

location of experience: King's College (Cambridge)


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Fantasia in G
written by Bach
performed by Boris Ord

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 July, 1930
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Townsend Warner doesn't actually state who 'we' refers to in this extract but she talks about being with someone called 'Teague' throughout this section.

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:05:13 +0100
Approved on Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:11:17 +0100