As part of this blog's mission to inform, educate and entertain, here's Loondon Calling to explain the accompanying image:
Memorial to Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh, proposed by Architect HT ‘Jim’ Cadbury Brown after Britten’s death, but never realised.
The story surrounding the memorial is interesting. It was envisaged as a huge hulk of wood, maybe driftwood washed up from some distant shore, standing on the beach with two holes in the top designed to sing out the two emphatic notes from Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes, when the wind blew fiercely enough through it to generate these eerie sounds. Like a huge organ pipe on the beach, it might play hauntingly to the residents of Aldeburgh. It would remind them of the mystery and uncertainty that lies out at sea, beyond the horizon. Sadly, this idea was never realised.