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Published: 12 March 2016

By Andy Ross

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This weekend and all next week I am down in London, visiting exhibitions and friends, and most importantly, seeing Akhnaten at the English National Opera

The opera by Philip Glass about the Egyptian ruler and husband of Nefertiti has not been seen in the UK for thirty years and we immediately decided to go when we found it was on. I know the music well, having studied it and listened to it many times, but opera needs to be seen as well as heard, so this is a real treat!

Ancient Egypt holds a fascination for many of us. We own a beautiful necklace made for the opera Aida and we also own a silk piece of 1920's Egyptian Revival printed fabric which has beautiful colours and can easily be visualised in a costume drama. One of the sets in the collection is of educational fabrics made for one of the Working Men's Clubs, printed with Egyptian motifs and symbols, heiroglyphs and pictures. Please ask us if you would like to see any of these pieces; we would be happy to show you.