9th October 2022

[Hanbury, St Mary the Virgin – organ seen from the chancel]

I’ve had a stimulating if tiring three days. Surveying on Thursday The Archers organ at Hanbury, with its exquisite Sutton-designed case, then enjoying a superb CBSO concert in the evening was an enjoyable prelude to playing a lunchtime concert at Emmanuel, Wylde Green the next day, before driving back to Nottingham in time for a wonderful Hallé concert that evening, which included Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto and the Strauss Ein Heldenleben.  Then up early on Saturday morning to drive to Grimsby for a rehearsal on the recently rebuilt organ at Little Coates, on which I had the pleasure of giving the opening recital in the evening, to a goodly crowd of over 100. Put up in a local hotel, unsurprisingly I slept very well last night before driving home to Bingham on a beautiful sunny morning (listening to The Archers Omnibus, naturally). Another organ to survey tomorrow and Nicholson Organs to visit with a client; two further organ inspections on Tuesday – and then the rest of the week writing them all up. All good fun!

Paul at Emmanuel Church, Wylde Green (Sutton Coldfield) – 7th October 2022
Paul at St Michael’s, Little Coates (Grimsby) – 8th October 2022