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 Chaplin. 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!