Engeland 2012 – Fourth day

Vandaag wordt de blog geschreven door Katherine Dienes, onze organist.

Day 4  – 9 August – and no early morning organ practice – hooray!! The Chester Cathedral organ is good fun to play, as a lot of variety can be achieved in terms of registration, which makes life a lot more interesting. Dykes in F – a new one on me – real empire music…I have decided that this is the week I need to learn new pieces and re-kindle others I have not played for a very long time – so tonight’s voluntary was J S Bach’s Fugue in A minor and yesterday’s was Percy Whitlock’s ‘Exultemus’. The Bach – who can ever tire of playing the great man? I picked up two or three other little vignettes thinking I might play one of them as a voluntary, but Bach won the day of course – it’s just such intrinsically stunning music. During the day, Mum, Hannah and I drove around some beautiful local villages, and ended up watching canal boats negotiate a staircase of locks. The best part of today? Seeing my husband again after two weeks! I last saw him at Zurich airport as he waved goodbye and flew off to London then on to Azerbaijan on tour with the RPO – but now he’s here at the campsite – and it’s his turn to do the dishes. Tomorrow morning it will be cooked breakfast at 7.30 a.m. again then off into town to rehearse at 8.30 a.m. – tomorrow morning’s target is to rush through Saturday and Sunday’s accompaniments and get a couple of big weekend voluntaries registered – there’s a lot to do in an hour and a half. Still, it’s SO relaxing playing the organ like this – I still love it and a week like this is great to just chill out in the loft and do something I love – and the campsite is great fun too – lots of laughs and a little light refreshment…