This evening I dashed into band rehearsal a little late, as I was just back from a 3 day conference in Exeter. The band normally rehearses in a classroom at St Mary & St Giles school, and this time our normal formation was changed to create a mini dance floor to allow Kath and Keith to dance while we practiced, so that we could get the music to the right speed for the Tea Dance on the 19th April. It was certainly a useful test of concentration - we could not allow ourselves to be distracted by the dancing figures, and we ironed out potential problems, such as a few times when we played too fast or too slow, which caused a lot of laughter!
For me, it felt as if I had only just put my flute away after the Palm Sunday Procession up the High Street in the most glorious sunshine, when the band lead by Lesley beating the drum had played 'All Glory Laud and Honour'. This was because immediately after the service I had caught the train to Exeter, and here I was once again, literally 55 minutes after leaving the station, playing my flute with the band once more.
This morning, after the first workshop of the morning at the conference, I and another university-based colleague caught the bus to the city centre in order to see inside the glorious Exeter Cathedral. With the sun shining outside, the stained glass windows were at their absolute best and the staff were friendly, which made the entrance fee seem more like a donation rather than a compulsory charge for visitors. I took some photos of the memorial plaques for former organists of the Cathedral Organ, which has had several overhauls in its past. Unfortunately I didn't hear it play live, but still bought a CD. Even though the Exeter organ currently doesn't need a large fund-raising campaign to keep it playable, buying a CD from the Cathedral shop helps to keep it maintained for all to hear and enjoy.