Sunday 4th March
My birthday on 4th March was celebrated in grand style as I gave an organ recital at St Paul's cathedral. It's always a thrill and a challenge playing that colossal instrument—and that colossal acoustic—and I was determined to display as many of its colours as I could. Michael Broadway—who keeps the organ miraculously in perfect tune - was kind enough to say how much he enjoyed my registrations, particularly the prominent use of the Willis III Contra Bass in a pedal solo, the massed strings, and the Trompette Militaire. Despite the appalling weather there was a good turn-out, and my former organ scholar Peter Holder, now Sub Organist at Westminster Abbey, was good enough to turn pages for me despite a busy day at the Abbey. All in all, a memorable 66th birthday!