Friday 26 April 2013

Blogging lite

I'm sure both my readers has wandered off to pastures greener.

Busy time of year this workwise in its own particular way. I'm aiming that all the extra work I have done teaching a new syllabus will pay dividends in the next few years as I effortlessly reach for my revision notes, recordings, youtube links and past papers.  That's the theory anyway.

And no the end of the summer term is not laid back if you are a musician because we do more concerts.

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Steadily ploughing on

Repertoire additions

Easter 2011
Mass I
O filii et filiae

Easter 2012
Concordi laetitiae

Easter 2013
Exultemus et laetemur

On Sunday, I plan that we practise Regina caeli, jubila and then sing it the following week.

That's just one part of the liturgical year, mind.

Happily printing stuff off from musica sacra and Corpus Christi Watershed, practising it and singing it.

No complaints.

Just action. :-)

Monday 15 April 2013

Exultemus et laetemur hodie

A recording here.

A little mannered for our taste, but tastefully phrased away on the last syllable of Alleluia.

Friday 12 April 2013

Do no harm by Fiorella de Maria

After a year which has not been one of the best, it would be fair to say, I've been spending the holiday, having a holiday. Normal service will resume next week, when I have thoroughly cleaned and tidied the house. Love to do the garden too, but...

I have been indulging in past-times such as writing letters to friends with a fountain pen on proper paper, walking around, going to a concert and reading a book in a morning. Remember when you were a student and you could just sit and read and read and read?

The book in question, turned out to be Fiorella's latest novel, which I vaguely remembered was coming out and then checked and by the wonders of Kindle, there it was.

Enough preamble.

Given the, well I'm not sure which adjective quite does the job, court case from America, this might just be a good book to read now. It doesn't shy away from the grim realities of the culture of death, but you get the story and its effects on a Catholic family.

Won't give the plot away at all at all.

Suffice to say, I bought it, read half of it, had breakfast in a cafe and did not leave til I'd finished (breakfast and book.)

Ding Dong. That must be another R4 News bulletin, boringly telling us what may or may not be played on the Top 40 on Sunday. Yawn. See they can report the same thing over and over again when they want to.

Thursday 4 April 2013

The Watkin Path

Well the first half mile or so...

Temperature today in Porthmadog a dizzying 10C. Warmest in Wales.
Tomorrow a return to the snowy south.

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Pink Mountains

Last night the snowy peaks turned pink as the sun set.

Rubbish photo from my iPad....

In real life, there is a view across a valley of an entire mountain range with the tops shiny pink...


Tuesday 2 April 2013

Snowy Snowdon

Quite warm if you wear a fleecy and outdoor jacket and a hat and sit in direct sun in a sheltered position.

Nothing on the roads, bar the odd sheep and mountain goat and kids.

Where can you walk out of Tesco's and see snow capped mountains? Pothmadog.