Yesterday, Chris, Mummy and I headed to London to meet Daniel Moult at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square. It didn’t seem right to blog about our incredible day with the news of Notre Dame, but the church we were in was destroyed internally in the 80’s and has been rebuilt and refurbished so beautifully that positives can be drawn from sad news sometimes. There are several areas to the church with beautiful light pews and a stunning high altar.
Of course, the total treat was the organ, over the west door, the colours of the pipes and sound are beautiful
However, what is really special is you can see all the workings of the organ underneath. It’s amazing to see and watch at work (although hard to video because so much is going on all over the place!) but Mummy did try.
Chris and I both enjoyed lessons, taking it in turns to play pieces we wanted to work on. I hoped to develop some techniques to stylise and personalise the grade 7 Bach piece as I’ve tried to with the grade 6. My new ‘thing’ is starting to use the swell box which is quite exciting! Here the both are being played.
It was really interesting discussing practice technique and breaking pieces down into phrases, marking them up etc. I also found it really useful watching Dan and Chris discuss his pieces and areas to work on or revise.
We finished the afternoon with Chris playing a magnificent piece by Howells which he’s playing tomorrow at Compline, so more on that then, and me playing Stanford, very loud and bold on this instrument!
All in all it was a fabulous experience and one I can’t wait to do again!
Leaving on a high, we visited the Royal Albert Hall and Royal College of Music before enjoying a sunny wander through Hyde Park. On the train back we discussed our experience and plans, I’m so excited and encouraged by days like today!