Monday 18th September
I spent an enjoyable weekend with Anne on the Isle of Wight from 15-18 September, culminating in my 'snagging' visit to Andrew Cooper's outstanding restoration of the Mutin Cavaillé-Coll organ in Quarr Abbey. A beautiful and effective instrument dating from 1912, it now probably sounds better than it ever has. Congrats to Andrew, to Adrian Mumford (main consultant) and to Abbot Xavier.
Thursday 14th September
It was a joy to be present at Thomas Trotter's opening recital on the new Tickell organ at Manchester Cathedral today. The organ is a wonderful testimony to the late, much missed, Ken Tickell and forms not only his magnum opus but a lasting testimony to his life's work. As consultant, I have been involved there for over a decade: the spectacular result is more than worth the time and trouble everyone has put in.
Sunday 10th September
Freedom from cathedral duties means that when surveying a church organ I can now attend a Sunday morning service and assess the liturgical effect of the instrument before climbing inside to assess its condition. This is a huge bonus and I have greatly enjoyed joining congregations at Turvey, Goring-on-Thames and Potters Bar in recent weeks.