Sunday 25th June
George Holdich built some beautiful organs, notably his masterpiece at Lichfield Cathedral, of which very few survive in anything like original condition. I greatly enjoyed a day preparing for and presenting a 150th birthday concert on his largest surviving instrument - the fine 3-manual in Hinckley U.R.C. church. The audience was warmly appreciative - they even queued to buy my CDs!
Sunday 18th June
I was very pleased with my dear friends in Nottingham Bach Choir on 17 June, who sang a most expressive performance of three of Parry's fine 'Songs of Farewell', the challenging 'Lord, let me know mine end' being particularly well carried off. After the interval they responded to my every gesture in a moving performance of the Duruflé Requiem. It was a delight to have my erstwhile Southwell colleague, Simon Hogan, as accompanist, and to listen to his stunning performance of the Duruflé 'Suite pour Orgue'.
Saturday 10th June
Anne and I had a wonderful day at Lambeth Palace on 9 June, when the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred upon me the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship. The award was for my 'distinguished service as Rector Chori and Cathedral Organist at Southwell Minster and as one of the UK’s foremost organ consultants'. Lovely that one of my choir-trainer heroes, Ralph Allwood, was presented with the Award at the same ceremony. Amazing tea!