Concert at the San Martino Monastery

After today’s session of the General Assembly, the host broadcaster, RAI, took all the delegates in buses up to the San Martino Monastery, on top of a hill overlooking the city of Naples. There, in a courtyard of the monastery, a small orchestra and a soprano, who was apparently one of Italy’s opera stars, entertained us. The concert was broadcast live by one of RAI’s radio stations. It was so quiet when the orchestra was not playing and seemed a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city below.  The atmosphere felt very ‘cultural’ in an artistic and historic sense, but was occasionally spoilt by the sound of a jet flying overhead, having taken off from Naples airport to the north-east of the city.  RAI obviously was not able to extend their influence to have the take-off flight path diverted away from the monastery for the duration of the concert.  Nevertheless, I felt very privileged to be there.

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