Advent Already!

So, where has all the time gone since my last blog? It was July….I have had quite a busy time since then. I did manage to have a good break on holiday this year which was very much needed, but since getting back it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride. My concerts have been varied – it began at Hampton Court Palace, then a World War One commemoration concert at Huddersfield Town Hall with the massed voices of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Honley Male Voice Choir and Unlimited Voices – an amazing sound and a delight to see all my choirs on the same stage at the same time. October got quite busy with trips to Belfast, Prague and Venice! Belfast hosted the annual conference of The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech and I was privileged and humbled to be voted in as the Chairman of The Federation. Prague was next and I was able to conduct in some fabulous places, including the Military Chapel in Prague Castle, where we were privileged to hear the military prayer read by the Chaplain. Venice next and my visit happened to coincide with the Venetian Marathon – needless to say I enjoyed not taking part, but was nevertheless inspired by those who took part and their amazing stamina!

November saw some terrific concerts – Messiah in Chesterfield, the first performance of The Poppies Blow with Altrincham Choral Society and we were delighted to be joined by Stockport Youth Orchestra and Bowdon Preparatory School Girls Choir. Two lunchtime recitals in St Paul’s Cathedral in London, my final Festivals of 2014 in Colne and Fleetwood and a lovely lunch with the Lady Taverners at Chester Racecourse.

It’s been a busy, yet rewarding time and I have even managed to catch up with an old friend and met someone from my schooldays, which was a lovely surprise. So, tomorrow is 1st December and as for many musicians it is a busy time so I expect it will be┬áthe New Year before you hear from me again! So, have a happy time and enjoy one or two mince pies!