Until about three years ago, V and I were members of a small chamber choir in Glasgow, but had to leave when the rehearsal evening, which had been our only free evening in the week, was changed. We greatly miss our music-making, but try to compensate by taking advantage of opportunities to attend occasional workshops in Renaissance and Baroque music, usually under the umbrella of the Early Music Forum. Recently I attended one, and it was a real treat: friendly welcome, non-threatening atmosphere, splendid music (Josquin, Fuenllana, Peebles, among others). The joy of these occasions is that the whole is always greater than the sum total of individual contributions.
The day after, I had a call from an old friend whom I hadn’t seen for years, and we had dinner together: good food, wine, and conversation of the kind which is increasingly rare in our speed-driven world.
A blessed time of refreshment.