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May 12th, 2009

  • Gosh. Star studded day. Saw Lucien Freud (the greatest living artist) in Sloane Sq. It is my unfulfillable dream that he will paint me… #
  • Also saw Prince William on the Mall! #
  • I ADORE Voce with a passion. Last night’s rehearsal made me realise 1. My life is not quite complete without it. 2… #
  • …what a unique and special ‘family’ we are. Mmm..bliss! #
  • OH MY GOD yesterday was knackering. 11 solid hours’ photo shoot. Look out for Sept. House and Garden! ‘life style’. 8-page spread. B-) #
  • What a glorious Spring day. There is an upturn in the economy. GOOD #

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May 11th, 2009

  • Well! It took me much LONGER than 7 hours to prepare tomorrow night’s Voce rehearsal material (45 folders!).. #
  • ..basically all weekend. BUT.. #
  • .. I did fit in the Queens’ alumni dinner (’99 metric). Rowdy bunch. AND pre finals brunch for all 3rd/4th year students. AND… #
  • … Garden party (welcome back to Cambridge) at Tony and Sue’s. He was our last ambassador in Russia. Met interesting folk. AND.. #
  • …visiting our admissions tutor (and stalwart tenor of my Fellows’ choir!)’s ADORABLE new twins.. #
  • … AND train back to London prepare for tomorrow’s PHOTO SHOOT (hair – Alison – clothes etc.). AND.. #
  • .. Dinner with Ed and Jess in front of tv. They returned today from excellent vac in SARDINIA. #
  • Deliciously STIFF in all the right places after MAMMOTH gym session with trainer Laurence. Great! #
  • I watched Bourne Identity with FRESH EYES last night now that I know and ADORE the director. Amazing guy. #
  • Ta ta! House and Garden filming day has ARRIVED. Here is the schedule.. #
  • 1. Collect AUTHOR of the piece, the divine Virginia Fraser. 2. ARK offices. 3. Voices Foundation office. 4. Oriel for ‘lunch meeting’… #
  • …5. EBD school in BOW. 6. SD giving piano lesson. 7. Having tea with famous friend at home. 8. Fitting at BALENCIAGA… #
  • … 9. VOCE REHEARSAL in full concert dress! #
  • … A Day in the Life of… HERE GOES…:) #

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May 8th, 2009

  • Sports captains dinner really great. They are such wonderful kids. They deserve spoiling. One, Ben, knew Ali! #
  • Brick Road is a good film. Deepened my understanding of Bangladeshis, I think #

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May 8th, 2009

Oooh! My first blog entry. I can use more than 140 characters. Yippee!

It’s been very interesting meeting, first, the Chief Inspector of prisons at the Draper’s Hall, and, today talking to Sir David Latham, who is currently head of the Parole Board. What a challenge they both face currently and how extraordinaruly lucky we are to have them both.

I am launching my website on 12 June. How exciting… I will try to build as much interest and profile as possible for the build up to the 2011 launch of my new Foudation (Singing for Seniors/Sing On/Old Voices – still looking for a great name. All suggestions welcome).

Also, my third charity, ‘Voices Unlimited’, which I am establishing to put on glass ceiling-busting performances of choral music (staged Bach Matthew Passion, 2011) to engage new, YOUNG, unexpected audiences. I LOVE what thingy (Old Vic) is doing in the underground tunnels. Superb. But mine will be THE GREATEST MUSIC KNOWN TO MANKIND.

Now I must go and prepare all the music (40 singers) for Voce rehearsal on Monday night (first of the season). I think it’ll take 7 hours. Let’s see…

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May 7th, 2009

  • Ok. Last night…David Skinner and his group ROCK. The best Renaissance singing group in the world… #
  • …they performed their Henry VIII prog (they do David Starkey’s tv prog music). Goddam BRILLIANT #
  • TODAY I finished my Etente Musicale prog for VOCE. It’s going to be BRILLIANT. Come to my concert. #
  • See vocechamberchoir.org.uk for details. 🙂 #
  • TONIGHT we went to the Drapers Hall for concert (Guild Hall students) and dinner as guests of.. #
  • ..our great friend and acting Lord Lieutenant of London, Sir Michael Craig Cooper. He is LEGEND. #
  • Lots of interesting folk, incl Head prison service and Michael White (economics cor., Guardian) – wonderful and brilliant man #
  • …I adore Mendelssohn 8 tet. Brilliant piece. #
  • I hosted lunch today at our Lodge at Queens’ for 25 of our staff at Queens’. Great bunch. FUN #
  • I am watching THE WIRE. It’s SO GOOD #
  • Lots of planning today for Monday’s London photo shoot for my 4-page LIFESTYLE feature in House and Garden. Yippee! #
  • Stimulating meeting with lovely, Iranian Roshi to create resource pack for our EBD school- Cherry Trees. #
  • …In between Mary and Alison making my hair BEAUTIFUL. Mmm- feels wonderful. #
  • Hitherto, today has been virtually ceaseless ORGANISING lots of exciting STUFF by text, email, phone. #
  • .. I’ll give you a clue.. 37. Busy bee me 🙂 #
  • It is 5.20. Guess how many important (ie non social) texts I have sent today? #
  • Rushing to get train back to Cambridge to host tonight’s dinner in the Lodge for 6 Queens’ sports captains. #
  • AND to see my darling Ali who has arrived for her final revision push for her FINALS #
  • She says she hates foreign students who can’t punt and scream down the river! #

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May 6th, 2009

  • Suffice to say, tonight left me inspired in terms of my own work and I have learned a GREAT DEAL #

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May 5th, 2009

  • Today. Back in Cambridge. After Queens’ Creative Arts meeting to plan May week festivities, I plan… #
  • … my Voce summer touring programme! ‘Etente Musicale!’ Quite a challenge. I have a fantastic prog. With a couple of holes 🙂 #

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May 4th, 2009

  • Laughter and fun with our darling LA boys at The Modern, MOMA. Talk about OBAMA 1st 100 days.. #
  • … AND…HILARY CLINTON’s 1st 100 days! She has been superb. #
  • Breakfast meeting with Queens’, Cambridge alumni A list at Harvard Club. Great guys. #
  • Yesterday’s dance choreographed by our friend Adam Weinert who works with Wei Shuen, choreographer of Beijing Olympics… #
  • … Adam is a beautiful and talented man #
  • ..sorry, I mean Shen Wei..:) #
  • Ps. Dumbo, where we were yesterday, stands for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”. Did you know? #

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May 3rd, 2009

  • Valhalla has fallen! What a privilege of THE highest order to experience Gotterdammerung at the Met in NEW YORK #
  • Overwhelmingly sensational. James Levine conducting Otto Schenk’s for the last time ever.. #
  • .. Outstanding Brunnhilder in Katarina Dalayman. Super human singing #
  • Joined Barbara Vogelstein in 2 dinner intervals. Her guests incl. Schafers and the elderly son of the President of Austria. #
  • Ps. 2 films NOT TO MISS- Doubt and The Reader (read the book too- a perfect novel #
  • Bumped into Judith Mayhew (ex chair ROYAL OPERA) and Vivian Duffield at the Met! Clearly the place to be #

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May 2nd, 2009

  • We hosted a wonderful dinner for 5 Fellows of Queens’ and Master of Darwin College. Happy and fun #
  • Off to New York tomorrow EARLY #
  • Landed smoothly at JFK. Saw lots of Jemima Khan on board- looking gorgeous. #
  • Unexpectedly SUNNY in NY! Staying at Harvard Club. Gearing up for 5 hours of Gotterdammerung at the Met! #
  • Joining Barbara Vogelstein’s party for the dinner break. EXCITED about wearing my new BALENCIAGA dress.. #
  • Mmm. I’m Goddam LUCKY 🙂 #