It's been quite a ride these past several weeks! Lots of exciting music, research and memorable moments. I've been traveling to York doing research for my PhD- which has proved very exciting! Also went to the Royal College of Music in London, as well as Cambridge and Ely, following up other research leads. The research world is very different from the musical performance realm, but equally exciting and interesting!
My family came to visit during March, which was a wonderful new experience for them. It was their first time to travel outside of the USA. They spent several days in London, then came to Durham. Everyone at the cathedral was very kind and helped them to feel welcome and to learn more about the history of this beautiful place.
Last week brought a very exciting musical moment for me- I took an organ lesson with Dame Gillian Weir. Dame Gillian actually lives in Durham, next to the cathedral, so it was very easy to coordinate! She is truly one of the greatest organist of all time and it was an honour and privilege to play for her.
Also during March, I played continuo harpsichord for a complete Bach "St. Matthew Passion", as well as organ for Stainer's "Crucifixion" and Rutter's "Requiem." Quite a broad range of Lenten musical experiences!
I will be home in exactly one week. I'm very excited about being in Houston and working at Trinity for two weeks. Following this visit, I will return to Durham for the final 2.5 months of my stay. I'll be back in Houston on 20 July and can't wait to settle in and start making music on a daily/weekly basis at Trinity Church. Thanks to everyone for your support and patience during this exciting, challenging and formative time.
Happy Holy Week and Easter (when it comes...)