|Posted by [email protected] on December 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM|
During the Spitalfields Festival there is an opportunity to look into the elegant houses in the area which were once the homes of the French Huguenot silk merchants who had fled religious persecution in France and settled in many different areas of Europe. They were not allowed to trade in the City, so settled just outside the City gates. They were a great asset to this country, and many became very wealthy. Several houses have been renovated, and during the event called 'In the House' five houses are opened to the public. A musician plays in each house, and five different groups of people move from house to house, listening to the music, getting a glass of wine and enjoying the ambience.
In my capacity as a volunteer at the Festival, I was stationed in one of the best houses and it was a great experience welcoming people to the house and enjoying the hospitality of the owner, the music and the general friendly atmosphere. It is quite an unusual event and it books up as soon as it becomes available. Do look out for it in the Summer programme for the Festival!