Jazz Swing and Co entertained us with well-known pieces from their vast repertoire, including tunes by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Miles David, John Coltrane and many others. As last year, the music was perfect for the occasion: loud enough to be heard by all but not so loud as to stop the conversation. People were able to listen to the music yet mingle and chatter and get to know each other at the same time.
Michael and Irene’s lovely lawns offered a perfect setting for the gathering. Visions of a long leisurely evening in warm summer sun, with frequent dips in the pool to cool off, were unfortunately swept aside by a drop in temperature. We were fortunate in that the rain that had been forecast did not materialise, but the cool conditions meant that most people had left by the time the band finished playing. Those who remained enjoyed a warming cup of coffee around the refectory table in the kitchen: a delightful room designed not simply to be functional but to preserve the history of the building, with vestiges of the original mechanism and architectural features of the former water mill.
Once again, a huge thank you to Irene and Michael and the Jazz Swing and Co. for a truly lovely, unmissable evening.