Sisters are doing it for themselves

One of my sisters that is.

Tristan is a choral conductor, twice married and determined not to be caught again. Lucy is a young music teacher in his choir and she is besotted with him. Steve, a bass in the choir, adores Lucy while Claire, a soprano, has designs on Tristan.
Various romantic entanglements take place as the choir prepares for a performance of William Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”.

Could this be the beginning of a new sub-genre? The classical music romance?

There is, I have to admit, a little thing that sister dearest may or may not be aware of in her choice of names for the main characters. She\’s brighter than I am so she probably is.

You see one of her best friends at school was called Claire and she had a thing with a musician called Tristan. He wasn\’t a choral conductor, true, rather a classical percussionist and sometime member of a very successful *not choral* rock band. Hope that doesn\’t give too much away….

Lucy is our niece and no idea who Steve is. Perhaps we\’d better not pry given that the brother in law is called Norman….strangely, the man that Nigel Farage knows as \”Nipper\” given that he was one of his teachers.

Perhaps that can be the next sub sub genre? The politics, education classical music and romance novel?

Anyway, I think we should call on Ms. Coppola to give us a proper review?

14 thoughts on “Sisters are doing it for themselves”

  1. well i do know that a certain Tristan brought in a selection of brake-drums for banging in a particular piece of “classical” music (how can you call it classical if it was written in the 1950s?)

  2. Could this be the beginning of a new sub-genre? The classical music romance?


    Paul approached Susan as she sat among the orchestra.

    “I hear you’re a keen player of the, er – oboe…” He murmured…

  3. Belshazzar’s Feast? Has to be Carmina Burana if you want to experience pure raw sexual tension as high art. Well, I’m overegging the “high art” a bit there.

    Sang it with a uni choir more years ago than I care to admit.

  4. In Thomas Ades’s opera, ‘The Tempest’ (based on an idea by William Shakespeare, as the movie credits used to say), one of the roles is ‘Stefano, a drunken butler.’ He was played in the world premiere by Stephen Richardson. Is that enough operatic Steves for you?

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