Archive for November, 2009

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November 30th, 2009

  • Triffic Sunday. The divine Gareth and Becky Malone and friends. Suzi- cooked Lunch, choral gossip Advent service and Formal Hall. Bliss.., #
  • … And John's first Granddaughter born.Dora Joy.Students and Fellows gave cheer-filled ovation for several minutes at Formal Hall #
  • Very pleased David Manning is antidoting the Blair witchhuntery in his Iraq evidece. Met him last week. Good man #

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November 29th, 2009

  • Good one! Domingo is becoming a baritone. #

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November 28th, 2009

  • Dinner with friends in London – wonderful collection of guests incl ex UK Ambassador to US who is giving Iraq enquiry evidence. #
  • Got embroilled in Face Book row with US folk on MicheleObama's beautiful gown.Much fear-fuelled,Fox news-style nastiness out there #
  • Last night's Thanksgiving dinner-the best conceivable meal.Chef from Caprice.Top level conversation with John Tusa and other stars! #
  • Crazy, kinda historic weekend ahead. Next week- conducting 3 concerts and MUCH MORE:) #
  • Tim Dowling always makes me laugh out loud at least once o a Saturday morning. (Guardian weekend) #

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November 26th, 2009

  • Hope today goes better than yesterday. To lunch meeting with Head of Music at BBC. Full of creative energy! #
  • Fantastic lunch meeting. Yippee! Now to WORK #

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November 25th, 2009

  • Off now to rehearse Queens's Chapel choir for Dove Into Thy Hands which I'm conducting for Memorial at weekend #
  • Enjoyed dinner last night we hosted for our Physics Ellmy Eugene, lovely, clever Mardi from John's research group… #
  • … and lovely Greek friends,Thanos and Salvina Skouros,our hosts in Mikonos.Big discussion re my ARK CITY ACADEMY scholarship choir… #
  • …despite marginal number of muslim students, I am not allowed to use "devotional" music… #
  • …which means the non muslim children are to be denied the greatest of all choral music in my one year prog… #
  • …ie NO Bach, NO Palestrina. NO monteverdi, NO Handel. NO Byrd or Tallis etc. etc. etc. We are denying them access to.. #
  • ..mankind's greatest achievements. Like going to a Gallery,forbidding access to Michelangelo,Titian,ALL Medieval/Renaissance ART.. #
  • … makes we want to SCREAM! #
  • … And let me tell you. What did they love learning MOST on Sat? THE LASSUS! #

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November 23rd, 2009

  • How do I manage to be jetlagged after only 2 days in NY? No sleep last night. #
  • However, been fully restored by receiving the most ecstatic thank you letters in history for my Willcocks 90th party #
  • Ok. So after w/e spent launching my ARK Scholarship choir (35 kids from 6City Academies) and hosting Sam Hogarth premiere.. #
  • …I launch into a VERY IMPORTANT week which includes one of the most important interviews of my life (tomorrow) and much more 🙂 #

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November 15th, 2009

  • Words fail me in attempting to describe the joy and privilege I feel after tonight's unmitigated success. Willcocks 90th… #
  • One hell of an organisational feat though! #

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November 14th, 2009

  • I am on a MASSIVE HIGHI after Patch William's album launch gig. Extraordinary. Wow! They really are outstanding. #
  • ..Ali was a Goddess on stage! The pride HURTS :). #

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November 13th, 2009

  • To Devon tomorrow to keynote speech for 100 Head teachers. Last 2 days workshopped 600 children. All KandC year 5s #
  • Busy preparing Willcocks 90th on Sat at Queens'. Very EXCITED but lots to do #

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November 11th, 2009

  • Crazy,wonderful week. Intensivec rehearsals forWillcocks 90th on Sat, BIG interview at BBC, #