Sunday 28th January
On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon a large congregation stood outside the south side of Lincoln Cathedral, facing the house that until recently has been the Precentor's home. Now transformed into the Song School, the building contains two rehearsal rooms, robing rooms, the music office, choir library and the necessary bits of plumbing. We watched as John Rutter spoke eloquently about the work of the music department then cut the ribbon and declared the Song School open. Evensong was then sung. Part of the funding was anonymously given in memory of our good friend Martin Pickering, several of whose former colleagues such as Christopher Robinson and David Lowe were in attendance. A memorable afternoon all round.
Thursday 18th January
I was chuffed to see that Choir & Organ had published this little tale of mine about a piece of string and a neglected Cavaillé-Coll. Thank you, Graeme!
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Saturday 6th January
Just spent an intoxicating day at the Troxy in Limehouse, listening to the largest Wurlitzer in Europe under the joint hands of Thomas Trotter (a first for him) and Simon Gledhill (bread & butter—or perhaps Tibia & Trem—for him). Plus two engaging talks on associated subjects. What a day! Even the 30-minute train delay, which meant I got home in the wee small hours of Sunday, paled into insignificance.
Monday 1st January
A strange feeling, having arrived at the end of the year without playing or directing a single carol service! Mind you, being an 'ex' cathedral organist also means freedom from the responsibility of producing all that Christmas music, so on balance I'm a happy man.