I’ve not been posting much in the past week, partly because of our granddaughter being here, and partly because I was involved in playing in the first 3 large-scale performances of a new oratorio by a friend of mine, Andy Hague, called Christ Crucified. I was privileged to play lead guitar, classical guitar and bazouki (learned for the occasion) in a superb 7-piece rhythm section that was part of a 40+-string orchestra accompanying a local choir of 60 or so.
Everyone I spoke to from the orchestra seemed to have played for the London Symphony Orchestra or the National Youth Orchestra, to have toured with the Royal Ballet, Fairport Convention or Graham Kendrick or whatever. “The acoustics in the Albert Hall are much better than they used to be when I first played there.” Amazingly I didn’t louse up (easy to do when you’re asked to chuck heavy-metal solos, power chords or ethnic dance rhythms into a classical orchestra with earplugs).
Best of all the rather excellent sax and bass-clarinet player, an on-the-ball young chap of 83, turned out to have been in the audience of my very first “away” solo gig in Ipswich, Suffolk, back in 1971. It may take a day or two before I come down and am back in the mood for the serious business of science-faith issues!