Friday, September 12, 2008

Leeds last weekend, Glasgow all week, and down to Halifax tomorrow - what a hectic social whirl!

I was in Leeds for a conference called "Music and the Idea of the North" - organised by the University in commemoration of Leeds Town Hall's 150th anniversary. I spoke about Alexander Campbell's Highland song-collecting. (What else? Sometimes I feel like his reincarnation!)On Saturday night, we all went to a fabulous concert in the Town Hall. And on Sunday morning, nice and early, I cadged a shot at the equally fabulous 3-manual organ there. (Widor's Toccata in trainers with no music? I managed the first two pages from memory, and that was all. Managed the whole of the Bach D minor Toccata, which was better.)

* (If you hadn't guessed, I just LOVE town hall architecture. Victorian civic pride at its best!)

It seemed a shame to head back home for a mere six nights before heading down to a place only 20 miles from Leeds. However, work had to be done, and Glasgow is home.


This weekend, I'm taking Viola-Kid and Saxophone-Kid down to my college room-mate's 25th wedding anniversary celebrations. Cello-Kid is doing a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award trek. SuperSpouse is staying at home to collect the trekkers at the end of the trek.


Viola-Kid isn't at all excited about a 4-hour train journey, even though he's never been on a train further than Edinburgh in his life, and I'd have thought tomorrow would have some novelty value. Ah well! Watch this space to find out how it all went.


If one thing is certain - no research has been done for a few days. I hang my head in shame, but if there's no time, then there's no time. Can't put extra hours in the day.

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