We are now home for a few days after a couple of UK shows. It was great to visit Ipswich School, and to sing with the Prep Chamber Choir and the Chapel Choir. Our programme included a couple of pieces by an early 20th Century English composer, Stanley Wilson, Gibberish and To a lady seen from a train. When I first joined the group, the announcement of these pieces described Wilson as a “shadowy figure” – that’s to say we didn’t really know much about him. Thanks to our visit to Ipswich School, I know that he was Director of Music there for over 20 years during the 1920s, 30s and early 40s. Both pieces were composed during his time at Ipswich, so it was probably not the first time they’d been performed there.
On Friday we performed at James MacMillan’s lovely festival, Cumnock Tryst in the Scottish county of East Ayrshire. It was wonderful to sing James’ “A Rumoured Seed” in his presence. He was unable to attend the premiere last year, and also subsequent performances, so this was his first hearing of the work.
Later this week we have a couple of UK shows, followed by a short trip to France. On Thursday we’ll be in one of my favourite places, Bath, singing in the Abbey. On Friday we’ll be in London for a concert and dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground in support of the charitable work of the Lord’s Taverners. Then we head to Bourg-en-Bresse on Saturday for one night away.
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