Comedy of the dying swan
Little noticed, however, was a curious aside from the composer about the use he had planned for the confiscated wings: "I was going to give them to the Sanday junior school for their nativity play. Those they have already got are looking a bit dusty, and these would have been ideal for the angel Gabriel."
We called the school to enquire just how disappointed they were not to have received the macabre gift.
A member of staff, who did not wish to be named, said: "You're not asking me the sixty-four-million-dollar question about the wings are you ? I'm not sure what is in the school by way of props. Peter has been very kind to us.
I would put this in the bracket with the many nice thoughts he has had. I'm not sure we asked for the wings but it was a neighbourly idea."
Which roughly translates as, "Thanks for the music, but we can do without the dead bird bits."