A Country’s Joy by Tim Walker
Whatever might be said about the people of the Republic of Suriname, they need not concern Nigel Farage too much. The smallest sovereign state of South America has barely 50 of its citizens residing in London. Still, they like to celebrate their successes, and I hear that every single one of them has been contacted by Dr Amwed Jethu, the republic’s hon consul, to alert them to the fact that the pianist Cyrill Ibrahim, perhaps their best-known fellow citizen, is to perform at St Mary-at-Hill in the City on May 22. The world famous Steven Osborne reckons that Ibrahim is one of the most exciting pianists of his generation.