We experienced two days of beautiful Regency music with dance classes ongoing. Couples were practising in readiness for the ball and most of the dancers were under 30! The great diversity in the dances varied from stately promenades to lively crossover designs. All the dance classes were ably led by the expert, John Gardiner-Garden, dance historian. We saw the most amazing costumes and the musical Pleasures' Evening and the Waterloo Ball were well attended.
Both days there were sewing classes making a great variety of items, plus a leather-work class and a musket loading demonstration. I restrained from running after the 'men in red coats' and the 'Admiral' parading around the dance floor. As Jane Austen said, 'There is nothing like your officers for captivating the ladies'.
Gillian Dooley did a sterling job as the Convenor of the symposium and one of the speakers. At the first musical evening she sang as well. We met and chatted to so many afficionadoes and learned that Jane Austen means so many things to so many people. We had a most enjoyable time and the music was absolutely wonderful.