Chester Cathedral

Despite the fact that today was our day off, I was at the cathedral doors at 9am again this morning, this time with my camera and tripod.  It took me a little while to get up and running with my new tripod head (3-way geared, as opposed to a ball head), but once I got used to it, I found it a vast improvement for architectural photography.  I managed an hour or so of quiet before the cathedral started to fill with tourists.  There were, however, a number of distractions, in the form of interesting chats with a fellow photographer and one of the chaplains, which meant that I made slow progress around the cathedral.  There are still plenty of corners I didn’t explore, so I hope I can find a bit more time to go back again between rehearsals.  In the meantime, the first photos are up on my website (it’s still very much under re-development, so treat it gently).

After my traditional day-off fish and chip lunch, I attended the organ recital, which was given by our organist for the week.  Not in the nave, along with everyone else, but up in the organ loft.  I suspect that I didn’t get the full range of sound, but the experience of being right in the middle of the music was amazing.

The rest of the day was reserved for rehearsing tomorrow’s solos with the viol consort.   Singing with the viols is a totally different experience than with an organ or piano, so it was good that we had a chance to practice separately with a little less time pressure.

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