Nicky and her Nikon

By NickyR

Purcell and the Mono Monday Challenge

It was freezing cold today - we had bright skies and sunshine but other parts of Surrey and Kent even had snow. I was dressed in so many layers today I felt like I was going skiing - when in fact I was only going to London on a walking tour around the Victoria area of London. Hats, gloves, thermal leggings under my jeans and my warmest coat. I survived!  

The walk was very interesting and was only 2 hours long so thankfully we did not freeze! A hot cappuccino to start the walk and soup at the end of the walk kept me going.

We passed this statue of Henry Purcell by Glynn Williams which stands in Christchurch Gardens off Victoria Street. It represents the flowering of English Baroque and Purcell is considered one of the greatest composers in the world. It was unveiled by Princess Margaret in 1995, 300 years after Purcell's death. He was born in the area and went to Westminster School and sang as a chorister in Westminster Abbey, where he is buried. This statue looks directly towards Westminster Abbey which is why it is placed there. He died very young, at the age of 36 years old (but still managed to father 6 children). No one is sure what he died of but a common theory is that his long suffering wife locked him out the house after a night of drinking in Westminster, and he caught a chill and died! 

Now on to the Mono Monday challenge of something that rhymes with February - isn't that a hard one?!

Purcell was no man ordinary
In fact his style of music was quite revolutionary
He wrote music about a fairy
He was not buried in a cemetery
But rather lies in an abbey

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