Monday 6th November
A great benefit of travelling around the UK advising on organs is the delight of finding oneself somewhere new and beautiful - from November 4-6 it was Grasmere where Anne and I stayed so that I could survey the fine Binns in the parish church. With the beauty of Autumn leaves at its height, a fine church service with a good choir, wonderful playing from Ian Hare, a sturdy Binns organ and a splendid hotel, what more could one possibly wish for?
Saturday 4th November
One delight of having more time in my new-found freedom from cathedral life is the opportunity once more to work up song accompaniments. I have always loved the English song repertoire in particular, so it was a delight to perform with my good friend and fine baritone Stephen Cooper at Peter's Nottingham on 4th November. The well-crafted songs of Eric Thiman, four of which we selected, proved a real joy to learn and perform.