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Granny
         
Spring flowers   Daffodils   More daffs

February 25th 2011

Tom

Very sad news: my wonderful grandmother died two days ago at the age of 85. If you read the first of the 'Went the Day Well?' articles written by my Dad, you will know that she was only recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia. She was a truly remarkable lady and we are all going to miss her. If there is anything good that one can say about her death it is that she died peacefully at home, with family around her and in no discomfort.

We have come across a poem that was written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye, which I know she would have liked and is how I like to remember her:

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there.  I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there.  I did not die.

 





   
 

 

Tom, Alex and Harry
         
Presentation at SPCS   Presentation to SPCS   Presentation to SPCS

February 20th 2011

Tom

I have been a bit lax on the blog front over the last couple of weeks but we have been busy; lots of things have been happening. Here is an update:

First, we have been in touch with Help for Heroes. One of the concerns raised by some of our contributors to our JustGiving site, is that they wish that they knew exactly where the money they have donated is going. Well, they need worry no longer. Help for Heroes have agreed that all of the money we raise will be used to support the new Personnel Recovery Centre (PRC) at Tedworth House in Tidworth, Hampshire. You can read more about the PRCs by clicking on the above link but basically these centres will provide comfortable living and learning accommodation for those on the Road to Recovery.
H4H has just taken a 99 year lease on the stately home Tedworth House and will be spending around £20m to restore it and add a new wing. It is fantastic news that the money that we raise will be used to support this Personnel Recovery Centre and we are absolutely delighted. What is more, If we are able to achieve our goal of £50,000 or more then we may well be able to have a specific room in the house dedicated to our efforts. Please, please help us help them.

Secondly, Alex and I have given our first presentation about out fund-raising efforts. This was on Thursday last week to St. Paul's Cathedral School at their assembly. It may sound easy to stand up and talk for ten minutes to 200+ school children, but it isn't! Give me a solo piece on my French Horn and I can play beautifully without nerves (and with my own special Russian style Vibrato) but I feel that I need a little more practice when it comes to public speaking. Having said that, the talk seemed to go very well and both Alex and I would like to thank both Mr. Neil Chippington, the Headmaster, and Mr. Clive Marriott, the Deputy Head, for arranging everything and for greeting us so warmly on the day. Harry, my youngest brother who is one the St. Paul's Cathedral Choristers, contributed to our presentation and played his part very well.

Thirdly, we have been in touch with Mr. Andrew Carwood, the Director of Music at St. Paul's Cathedral, to discuss the venue, date and programme for the concert at which the 'Went the Day Well anthem' will be premiered. It looks as if this will be in the last week of May or the first week in June (not early May as originally planned), so keep your diaries free. It is going to be great. We will let you know the date of the performance very soon and where it is going to be held.

Finally, the not so good news. We seem to have had a bit of a lull on the donation front. Please help us out. Remember that the whole of your donation will go to Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre.
 





   
 

 

A planet
         
Not a planet but a nice view   Another nice view   Yet another nice view

February 6th 2011

Tom

Those of you who read my last blog will know that the Ealing Youth Orchestra (EYO) was in concert on the evening of January 29th and that the programme included ‘The Planets’ by Holst.  What I did not tell you was that I was playing the French Horn solo that introduces Venus. 

I was approached afterwards by a lovely lady from the audience who congratulated me on my playing and on the ‘Russian style vibrato’ that I used during the solo parts, which she thought I had performed beautifully; she was especially interested to find the name of my horn teacher who had taught me this style of playing.  I did not have the heart to tell her that the ‘vibrato’ was completely unintentional and all due to nerves! 

Anyway, it was a great evening, much enjoyed by everyone.  All thanks should go to Leon Gee, our conductor, who managed, as always to get the very best out of all of us.

 





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