Somewhere in the UK…

It’s been great to have a week at home with family, welcoming Ariana home from hospital and helping her to adjust to the strangeness of our world. I think it’s in-built for parents to forget how tiring the first few weeks of having a baby can be – otherwise we’d never have any more – but you don’t mind the tiredness when it’s for your child.

Tonight I head off to Poland, slightly later than my colleagues, for tomorrow’s concert in Czestochowa. The programme includes some wonderful Renaissance music from Spain, that we recorded a few years ago on our album “Siglo de Oro – The Golden Age.” I love this music, particularly the various settings of the text “Versa est in luctum,” which tells of the heartache of the exiled Jewish people in the Old Testament. We’re approaching similarly beautiful music for our new project, also on an Old Testament theme, put together by noted academic and musicologist, David Skinner, for our next recording which takes place in June. Dr Skinner has taken texts relating to the Song of Songs, composed by Palestrina, and put together a wonderful track-listing that we can’t wait to record.

Rehearsals for this recording will take place up in Cambridge, and it’ll be wonderful to spend a few days there, especially for Jules and me who studied there a few years ago. When I was a Choral Scholar at St. John’s College, singing as an undergraduate, Jules was a boy chorister and stood right in front of me! It’s been great to catch up with him and start working with him in the KS.

Right, better get packing…


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