We had a fantastic time in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday playing for an audience of MPs, Lords, scientists, business leaders, and other diplomats. The concert was to mark the 150th anniversary of Captain Robert F. Scott and raise awareness for how climate change is affecting the polar regions in the 21st Century. We were lucky to be joined by Jon Tarcy for some very moving readings from Scott's last journals, which we combined with music by Grieg and Elgar (the latter a contemporary of Scott). A huge thanks to the APPG Polar Regions, Norwegian Embassy in London, UK Foreign Office, and British Antarctic Survey for hosting us, and Prof. Martin Siegert from The Grantham Institute for a fantastic talk to conclude the event. Definitely one of the top two most exciting events in Westminster yesterday evening.
Twelve magnificent fig trees fill the main atrium in Portcullis House.