Victor Santal – A Musical Marvel From Madrid
A year ago, I accompanied my husband on his business trip to Madrid in Spain. Since it wasn’t in summer, it didn’t involve -to my chagrin- an escape to the beach. But we were nonetheless trilled to enjoy the beautiful capital of Spain with all its more or less touristic attractions. We visited the Prado Museum, the Sabatini Gardens, walked along Gran Via with its numerous boutiques, tried their delicious tapas and savoury meat at the world’s oldest restaurant El Sobrino de Botín.
But what remains a lasting and treasured memory of my trip to Madrid is an unanticipated surprise in front of the Royal Palace. We were walking past the castle early in the evening when a alchemistic tune caught our attention. It was a well known classical melody being played on a celtic harp, giving a magical aura to an evening drawing to a close.
We approached the area where the music was coming from, and noticed a young man* sitting by a medieval instrument, dressed in according clothing. Intrigued, we stood by and joined the crowd listening to the most enchanting tunes coming from his harp. Falling under it’s spell I threw a banknote into his bonnet and bought a cd with his recordings to keep as souvenir.
Whenever I listen to his songs now, that magical evening in front of Palacio Real replays my mind.
* As it turned out Victor Santal is quite a national celebrity in his own right.