St Michael’s, Highgate

What a terrific three days we’ve had working on our 50th Anniversary album. The music has been flowing and Nigel and Mike have kept us on track. Having arguably two of the finest ears in the business, we are all feeling relaxed and know that if they’re happy then we can trust them.

I find the recording process a fascinating one. Not every piece we’ve recorded is six-part so I’ve enjoyed the chance to sit out a few tracks and be in the ‘box’ with Nigel and Mike. Their judgement at knowing when and what to comment on is so interesting. It’s a constant balance between encouragement and understanding of what things to say to eke out a better or different take versus when to keep progressing through the piece and see the big picture.

Looking forward to singing in York Minster and Kendal. I remember as a an eight-year-old coming to York with Mum, Dad and Alastair. We were travelling around Europe and visited the Jorvik Viking Centre. I’ll never forget the smell of the manure they placed around the exhibition to recreate what it might have been like (supposedly) in 9th Century England. Funny the things you remember from your childhood…

Kitchen man’s coming round tomorrow to measure up. It’s slightly the wrong way round, having bought the kitchen. I’m confident it’ll fit! (Cue: nervous laughter…)

Hope to see you at a show soon. Bye for now!

P.s. Because the internet is weird and wonderful, check out this video of a cowboy speaking Old Norse!


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