Saturday’s French dinner with British-Cypriot pianist Yiannis Georgiou was one of those events that got booked early on. It is quite a rare treat to meet a professional classical musician, especially over dinner in the cosy setting of a private home and it seems a home cooked French meal is certainly a plus too.
In fact Yiannis had requested to keep his talk informal, as a ‘regular conversation’ with him answering the guests’ questions. A format we had used during a similar event with him two years ago. Then too we had French food and were preparing to join Yiannis a week later at the Rialto Theatre for his piano recital.
I had bravely accepted 14 guests, the maximum I feel comfortable with for a full 3-course meal. Several of them were first time visitors at Mary’s, several of them guests I had not seen in a while. The welcome drinks took longer than expected as I just could not get them to stop talking/sit down, so involved were they in meeting, re-meeting, introducing... a fantastic atmosphere from the very start.