Sunday 29th October
Having just spent a couple of weeks in Tuscany, Anne and I feel more relaxed than for ages. What a beautiful part of the world it is; Arezzo was a special delight—we even managed to find Guido's house (he who devised the musical stave). I was surprised to see how many churches still had pipe organs, even in the remotest corners of the countryside, though quite a few were clearly out of use. Still, benign neglect is preferable to several other fates...
Saturday 28th October
A first for me at Stamford Methodist Church today—playing a concert for organ and harp. Working with Eleanor Turner (Head of Harp at Birmingham's newly 'Royal' Conservatoire) was a real joy; she's a wonderful player. The instruments went together beautifully; I was surprised that an harp played 'forte' can easily match a powerful organ!
Saturday 14th October
It was go good to work with former Southwell Minster Organ Scholars Emma Gibbins and Stephen Moore at Newport Cathedral. I was there at their invitation to direct the South Wales RSCM Choral Festival on 14th September. The massed choirs were well prepared, eager and hard-working, resulting in a enjoyable day and a memorable service. So good to see what good work Emma and Stephen are doing at Newport and Llandaff.