Saturday, March 31, 2007

More views of Cambridge

King's and Clare Colleges - the Clare bridge - The Erasmus rooms at Queens

Friday, March 30, 2007

Organs & Chapels

Some views of the wondrous chapels in Cambridge: The beautiful 18th C. chapel at Clare College - "My" college - I spent a wonderful two weeks here in 1991 at the Cambridge Choral Studies Seminar - an elegant room.

On Saturday afternoon, I walked into the chapel and heard the Organ Scholar practicing for his recital (Von Beckerath organ) - he played the Bach partita on
Sei gegrusset.

A view of the dome in the entrance of Clare Chapel.

The organ in Peterhouse College chapel. Queen's College Chapel - we heard an organ recital of works by Stanford and his students here.

Music in Cambridge

The Cambridge University Music Society, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, sang a Stanford program in Trinity College Chapel.

Evensong - heard from the tower - at St. John's College. The Choir sang Praetorious' Magnificat Quinti toni - a glorious antiphonal work.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Springtime in Cambridge

Along the Cam - The Clare Bridge -Daffodils along the King's walk -the Backs - Daffodils along the Clare walk - A view across the Cam to Clare and King's - punters on the river

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


To Cambridge to spend a weekend in one of the most beautiful places on earth - actually - I think King's College Chapel IS the most beautiful place on earth - An exquisite building with that amazing fan vaulting, Flemish glass, high Tudor style, and, of course, the Choir and Organ. I've spent some magical hours there and the Stanford weekend (March 9th-11th) added to those.

I arrived in Cambridge, checked into the Lensfield Hotel (where I had the pinkest room on earth), whizzed down the road to the Chapel. Once inside, the immense thrill of seeing that interior with the light streaming in was, as always, overwhelming. So Beautiful.

The Choir sang beautifully, a capella, and it was profoundly moving to be back there, hearing the music, experiencing the sound of the music in the room, watching the light change from full sun thru the west window to darkness leaving only the dim glow of the candles on the choir stalls.

The west front of the organ case

I hadn't realised just how much I needed to get away and hear someone else make music - especially this choir - and my soul was quite joyful and renewed.

The view from the choir to the west window

The east window