Sylvia Townsend Warner - 18 October, 1953

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 202:

I have never heard the MN church bells lovelier than this morning - sounds are like fruits: a finger of frost, a warm midgy day will make or mar them; and this morning the climate was exactly right for the bells. I felt grateful to Slemeck for whatever delayed him, and kept the De-um bells ringing on alone for over five minutes.  I also admired the fine rubato of the ringer, always in measure, but never exactly to the dot. 

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 202. accessed: 19 July, 2024


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Church bells performed by Slemeck

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 October, 1953
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


Footnotes tell us Slemeck refers to Canon Slemeck, the rector of Maiden Newton church

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:09:28 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:12:58 +0000