Happy New Year! We’ve started term again. I’m writing from my family home in Ludlow, Shropshire. It’s been a very busy week, with two concerts at King’s Place with The Swingles where we collaborated for two totally different programmes celebrating our respective groups over their histories and to the present. It was an honour to share the stage with them; we learned a lot from working with them and hopefully they learned from us too.
It was also lovely to catch up with several friends and supporters from the King’s Singers family over those two nights. We gave the UK premiere of Judith Bingham’s new piece ‘Tricksters’ on the second night and it was lovely to see the audience reaction to what may become one of the group’s signature pieces in the future.
After all of the hard work and memorisation for those concerts it was wonderful to be in rural South Wales yesterday for our third concert of term, at Atlantic College in the glorious surroundings of St. Donat’s castle — an ancient castle overlooking the sea. It was a particularly special concert for me as my close friend Ed Picton-Turbervill is director of music there, and I had the chance to catch up with him in his new surroundings.
Today, en route to Ludlow, I stopped off for a long walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park and enjoyed four hours in the misty Welsh countryside (without seeing a single soul), and particularly enjoyed some fresh Welsh air in my ailing cold-ridden lungs. I’m including some pictures from my walk at the bottom of this blog, so you too can enjoy some of the drama of the Brecon Beacons on a cold winter’s day.
I’m looking forward to going to Malvern tomorrow for our joint concert with the Armonico Consort before getting ready for our next recording sessions which take place next week. In the meantime I’m going to enjoy devouring a bowl of my mother’s delicious chilli con carne. See you soon!
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