‘There are a million ways of telling the story of music: this is mine,’ says ‘Blackadder’ composer Goodall, before going off on what feels like 100 different tangents relating to the sounds of 1750-1850. Still, 100 is less than a million, and Goodall should be applauded for making as much sense as he does of the era of classical giants including Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. He does so partly through a huge amount of simplification, obvious from his comically sweeping statements about those composers: Mozart and portraitists of the time ‘wanted to ennoble humanity – and they succeeded.’ Simple as that, eh?
His commitment to speaking in colloquial terms and conscientious illustration of his points with snippets of performance sometimes prove genuinely illuminating – the comparison he draws between Schubert and Adele, for example. But often those same digressions break up an already confusing train of thought: one in which Goodall dwells laboriously on the obvious, and then skips straight past things that, one suspects, are too arduous to explain.
This bar at the five-star Rosewood London hotel is named after the London-born artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (former illustrator for The Sunday Times and New Yorker). His work can be seen adorning the marble walls here, providing a great backdrop to a swanky-looking spot. There's live music here seven nights a week – usually jazz, soul and blues. Keep an eye out for cabaret nights and special seasonal events, too. And to drink? Cocktails such as a Thyme Out (Bombay Sapphire, Yellow Chartreuse, thyme, orange bitters and lemon juice) and a Three Blind Mice (Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Cocchi Americano, Cynar and artichoke oil) alongside Champagne, wine and craft beer by the bottle and on draught.
Venue says: “Introducing our new cocktail menu. Potions inspired by the likes of Harry Potter, James Bond, Monty Python, Alfred Hitchcock and more.”