18th June 2017

I was very pleased with my dear friends in Nottingham Bach Choir on 17 June, who sang a most expressive performance of three of Parry’s fine ‘Songs of Farewell’, the challenging ‘Lord, let me know mine end’ being particularly well carried off. After the interval they responded to my every gesture in a moving performance of the Duruflé Requiem. It was a delight to have my erstwhile Southwell colleague, Simon Hogan, as accompanist, and to listen to his stunning performance of the Duruflé Suite pour Orgue.

10th June 2017

Anne and I had a wonderful day at Lambeth Palace on 9 June, when the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred upon me the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship. The award was for my ‘distinguished service as Rector Chori and Cathedral Organist at Southwell Minster and as one of the UK’s foremost organ consultants’. Lovely that one of my choir-trainer heroes, Ralph Allwood, was presented with the Award at the same ceremony. Amazing tea!

13th May 2017

I was skilfully interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham on 12 May, on their afternoon show. I’m always happy to talk about life as a cathedral organist (more relaxing now I’ve retired from Southwell!), and it was good to be able to get in a plug to help Chorister recruiting. They played a track from my final CD with the choir, Elgar’s stirring ‘Give unto the Lord’, an anthem whose superb 1969 Worcester Cathedral recording under Christopher Robinson was instrumental in inspiring me to become a cathedral organist — and to love Elgar.

1st May 2017

It was a pleasure attending Evensong at Southwell on 29th April, when my successor as Rector Chori, Paul Provost, was installed. A beautiful service, and he had the cathedral choir eating out of his hand; augurs well for the future.

4th April 2017

So enjoyed conducting Mendelssohn’s stirring oratorio St Paul with Nottingham Bach Choir and Orchestra on 1st April. I can’t imagine why it’s not programmed more regularly.