17th July 2017

Most enjoyable day yesterday, revisiting St Mary’s, Kidlington, where in 1974-6 I helped Richard Vendome build an organ at the west end, based on the Fr Willis previously in the north transept. It has choruswork made for us by Giesecke, who also made the spectacular horizontal trumpet. The late Martin Goetze and Kenneth Tickell did most of the voicing. David Hewett, Richard and I played, as did George Inscoe, who gave the world premiere of Richard’s Eclats, specially composed for the event. Amazing to think that forty years has passed — my entire working life. The organ sounds as good as ever and works well. Very happy about that!