So, here we go. My last ‘blog of the season, and the end of David’s final tour with the KS. 26 years really is a staggering length of time to do any job, these days, not least a vocational job such as ours. We’ve often said that the best jobs in the world are a balancing act: you get to do something you really love, but it comes with strings attached. In our case, excessive travel, absence from home and a lack of routine – but David has never to my knowledge complained about these irritations, and simply got on with the job. For that, we all admire him immensely.

To end in France, close to home, is fitting as it has allowed many friends of the group to witness at least one of his final concerts. We had a splendid turn-out at Snape Maltings on Tuesday night, and tomorrow’s concert in Menton promises to be a similar experience with people flying in from across the world to spend the evening with us.

As for the rest of us, we’re shaping up well for next season and the imminent KS50 celebrations. Recording lists are finalised, programmes honed, and Pat has joined us on several tours to work on balance, blend and sound. It’s always bittersweet when a colleague retires; we become very close in this group, and it’s a wrench to see a friend depart, but equally there’s always anticipation of the next chapter and the responsibility that falls onto our shoulders to keep the group at the top of its game.

Thank you to all who have supported us over the past season. It’s been a delight to perform another 100+ concerts in some of the finest venues around the world, and I can’t wait to do it all over again next season. Have a wonderful summer – we’ll see you soon!


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