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15 February 2001

Just what I don't want! Ian K. rings to ask when they can expect three copies of the score please. Quite reasonable of course, but a slightly dented optimism has to be mended with determination. I say, firmly, 'next Wednesday, as agreed' and he says 'Great!' I only have to keep my word. Appointed the new Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Festival this evening -- Susanna Eastburn -- who takes over from Richard Steinitz in April. I now have a clear five days at the computer without meetings, teaching or concerts to review.

16 February 2001

One full day at the screen and my eyes are ablaze already! Shall allow myself to watch Alan Titchmarsh this evening, not least to see Rachel de Thame too!

20 February 2001

Score in the post, recorded delivery. Awarding myself a few days off before extracting all the parts, which they would like by 1st March. Have resorted to Broline for the eyes; surprising how sore they become with this close and concentrated work.

21 March 2001

Rehearsal in Leeds. Delighted to meet Ian Lavender who is very efficient, colourful and thoroughly good natured. Very few problems arise, which is very pleasing. One slight miscalculation in narration over music, but that is probably JP-J taking the waltz a little too quickly. My timing has been a bit too tight here, but for the most part it all works! Everyone delighted -- even the brass.

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Copyright © 22 May 2001 Patric Standford, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK

 

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