Friday 22nd February
It's not all that often that one returns to give a second recital in later years, on an organ where one has acted as consultant and given one of the opening recitals. But today I played again on the 2005 Harrison & Harrison rebuild of the important 1928 Skinner-inspired Henry Willis III in the Memorial Chapel at Glasgow University. The organ sounded utterly magnificent, was a pleasure to play and—mercifully—nothing seemed to me a bad decision 14 years ago. A relief and a real treat!
Wednesday 13th February
What a wonderful day today! We spent the morning at the British Library looking at the 'Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms' exhibition, and the afternoon at Tate Britain going round the Burne-Jones exhibition. In the latter was a gloriously decorated piano made by Broadwood to Burne-Jones' designs. Here's a photo of it.
Saturday 9th February
Anne and I very much enjoyed joining the Leeds Organists' Association at their Annual Lunch today; actually the very first time I have eaten a meal at a golf course! It was a very happy gathering and we enjoyed both making new friends and also keeping up with old ones such as Simon Lindley and John Sayer. My speech seemed to go down pretty well; it majored on great Leeds figures in our musical world—Dr Spark, J. J. Binns and Donald Hunt.