Cambridge Weekend day 1

I’ve had a fantastic day in Cambridge! We left home early and arrived at our hotel by 11.30am, giving us a long day in the city. It’s the first time I’ve visited during term time. Students being around gives it a really different feel. It’s got a busy, familiar buzz about it.

After a lunch and a little bit of shopping, we visited Gonville and Ciaus College and met Kyoko, one of the organ scholars there. I had a really good chat with her about what it’s like being an organ scholar and studying at the same time, playing at services, taking a gap year and more. I also played the organ which I loved! The keys are light to touch and it provides a very atmospheric sound even though the acoustics in the chapel aren’t brilliant. It also has the added bonus of a rise and fall bench!

We then visited Miranda who Mummy worked with in a restaurant when they were teenagers! She is now the Senior Tutor at St Catz. I had another useful chat about the application process for university, but was also reminded to have a plan B, which is really good advice! My parents support me with my hopes and dreams unconditionally but I must start to remember that everything might not go as I hope. We visited the chapel and met the Chaplain. The chapel is simple and beautiful with stunning stained glass windows including one installed just 7 years ago.

We enjoyed afternoon tea….

….before having an evening wander round and heading to Jesus College. My organ teacher, Chris Totney played a fantastic recital and I was in the privileged position to sit in the organ loft to watch him play. I really am so lucky to enjoy such experiences with him. He played a real mix of music, ending in my favourite, Toccata from Suite Gothique. I can’t wait to be able to play it!

So that’s day one. I’m so looking forward to day two, but for now I’m exhausted and it’s bed time!


  1. Dear Anna

    I have been reading your blog with great interest and certainly you covered a lot of ground during your weekend in Cambridge. The Kent County Organists Association promotes an organ competition biennially and the abjudicator is Dr David Flood Organist and Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral. Hope that the Lyme Regis Organ School events went well.

    Best Wishes

    Andrew Cesana President Kent County Organists Association.


    • Thank you! It was a busy weekend but great fun and yes I very much enjoyed Lyme Regis too. What a privilege to be judged by Dr Flood and fantastic he supports it.


  2. Anna I am so glad to learn that you enjoyed Gonville and Caius College so much. The choir I feel is much under rated and quite as good as the best other mixed choirs. Jesus College is such a lovely place where one of my closest friends studied and I love the chapel


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