Image of the Month - May 2021

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Photograph at the time of the publication of her first book in 1978 with her holding the reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo Lyre. Mary aged 13 taking part in the Hastings Festival, 1948. Frank Merrick was her piano professor at the Royal College. Leading the First Orchestra at the RCM. At the piano rehearsing with Averil Carmalt Jones (violin) at her home in Richmond in the 1950s. Fiddle played by a pig on a misericord, where it is accompanied by a double shawm, Winchester Cathedral, c.1305. A cat fiddles while a goat plays a mandora (gittern) or plucked rebec, on a misericord, Hereford Cathedral, early 14th century. Rebec played on a misericord, where it is accompanied by a double shawm, Winchester Cathedral, c.1305. Having been awarded the Winston Churchill  Travelling Fellowship. 1967. The Dunstable Consort brochure. Mary with music students at City of London University in the 1970s. At the Sutton Hoo TV event broadcast in 1977 at which Mary played her copy of the Sutton Hoo Lyre. From left to right Reginald Bosanquet, Angela Rippon, Mary and HRH Prince Charles. Mary holding her replica of the  Sutton Hoo Lyre in a concert programme for the Purcell Room in 1981. With Lucy Grayson (a pupil) playing the organistrum made by Alan Crumpler c.1980 after that depicted in the sculpture above the door of the Portico de la Gloria at Santiago Cathedral, 1188. Holding a harp by Alan Crumpler and a psaltery by Colin Booth. Holding a portative organ by Williamson and Hyatt, 1961. Mary had waited hours for the sun to be in just the right place when photographing the depiction on this programme of a portative organ and harp carved beneath the oak window of the C14th Monk’s Barn, in Newport, Essex. First meeting of the Confraternity of St James at Mary's house 15 Fernshaw Road on 13 January 1983.  Left  to Right : Ian Dodd, Peter Johnson, Jocelyn Rix, Robin Neillands (first Chairman), Patricia Quaife, and Mary holding up her organistrum. Bird whistle from a settlement at Spina, near Ferrara, c.500 BC. The player blows through a hole in the bird's tail, and by covering the hole in each wing, can produce the sound of a cuckoo.  This instrument is the direct ancestor of the cuckoo used in toy symphonies.