Wednesday 25 December 2013

Happy Christmas

A quick post Mass snack and then time for some Zzzzz.

Monday 23 December 2013

Musical merriment

Bill Bailey on chords

Dr Qui

That all important Britten centenary. If you need a reference point, listen to The Sally Gardens and be grateful I didn't choose The foggy, foggy dew.

And still my favourite
Igudesman and Joo, I will survive

Tuesday 17 December 2013

An announcement

Thanks to a tip off from Clare's Dad, I have been to Lakeland, bought the oven cleaning gel stuff, and CLEANED THE OVEN.


Other deeply satisfying Christmas holiday activities thus far, have included propping up my neighbour's broken fence panel and playing 'The wheels on the bus' on the violin to my nephew and then playing it again and then playing it again and then playing, 'Horsey, horsey.'

Sunday 15 December 2013


Saturday 14 December 2013

Catch up day

Getting behind with my feast days.

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Biting the hand

When I see the letters STL and PhL after a priest's name, apart from thinking it's good that he has some degrees, I also reflect on the lay people who paid for his studies.

Tuition fees for undergraduates in the UK are now £9k per annum. There is a recession on, so getting a job when you graduate is not easy for many people.

Whilst it would be ridiculous for priests to be lumbered with student debts and only right that we support their education and material needs, is it not reasonable for lay people to expect priests to use that education and their gifts to uphold the teaching of the Church?

When I contribute to the collection for the upkeep of the cathedral, does that include the hall attached to it? Should I not expect that groups using it support the teaching of the Church?

Monday 9 December 2013

Puer natus in Bethlehem

A spritely recording here.

Sunday 8 December 2013

Happy Feast Day

Totus Tuus, by Gorecki, written for and first performed, I believe, during Blessed John Paul II's first visit to Poland as Pope.

Saturday 7 December 2013

Ear worm time

Played this last Sat as a nod to the Britten centenary and am quite taken with it.

Friday 6 December 2013