It’s that time of year – school trips!
Last year was Paris with Pershore High School, the year before, Holland, also with PHS.
This year it’s the turn of PHHS – no, not a typing error! Prince Henry’s High School which is in Evesham. I have been teaching cello and bass there for many years. Last year a new Head of Music, Phill Bullas, was appointed and he has increased my hours there to include piano and theory classes and accompanying the choir. He has generated such enthusiasm in a short space of time and has planned a tour of Southern France in July. I will be accompanying the choir and playing double bass in Avignon, Arles, Pont du Gard etc. I’m hoping, probably foolishly, for cool weather. The last time I was in the South of France I lasted two days before the heat rash, upset stomach and problems coping with bright sunlight drove us further north.
This term has been manic – I have a day off planned on July 6th
– the first since May! Chandos Symphony Orchestra performed Verdi Requiem very successfully in Symphony Hall at the start of June. Weekly rehearsals and a concert with PHHS, auditions for County Youth Orchestra, pupils’ normal lessons and Associated Board Exams, Stephen’s 60th birthday party… that’s his daughter, Claire, watching him open the champagne.
When I get back from France we have a week’s holiday booked. I have been (in my spare time!) researching Stephen’s family history and found that many of them came from Hastings and Rye. So I have booked B&B in a 16th century farmhouse in between the two and we plan to go searching for register offices, graves, and addresses where we know they lived in that area. I can hardly wait!
Meanwhile, Grade 3 theory modules are now all out there ready for purchase and I have the Grade 4 planning in mind. It’s a busy life!