On my way to Chelsea this morning I passed by a wonderful statue of the composer Bela Bartok, close to South Kensington tube station. As I was on my to perform in a school concert nearby, playing in a Bach cantata on this occasion, it seemed appropriate to stop and photograph him. A little research has revealed that when Bartok first visited London, from his native Hungary, in 1922 it was at the behest of another composer, Peter Warlock, and he often stayed nearby in Sydney Place. Because of this connection the statue was jointly commissioned from the sculptor Imre Varga by the Peter Warlock Society and the Hungarian Cultural Centre. He was looking resplendent in the in the warm sunshine and I couldn't help but notice that someone had left a solitary red rose at his feet.
From Bartok to Bach
by Helen Hooker March. 03, 2016 2065 views