Category Archives: Carl Crosier

On my soapbox

A couple things have prompted me to write this post. One is that I just got my August issue of The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists. One article in particular caught my eye: “Organists: … Continue reading

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The Gold Standard

This afternoon’s concert at the Three Choirs Festival was by the world-famous Kings College Choir conducted by Stephen Cleobury. It was sponsored by the American Friends of the Three Choirs Festival to which I contributed. For decades my late husband … Continue reading

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On the next to last day…

It was only today, the next to last day of the Three Choirs Festival 2017, that the construction fencing came down around Cathedral Square and we were able to see the statue of Sir Edward Elgar! The plaque reads: Sir … Continue reading

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A perfect pair: Dove and Fauré

Tonight’s two major works at The Three Choirs Festival could not have been paired more perfectly: Jonathan Dove’s There was a child and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. You see, the Dove piece was commissioned by Rosemary Pickering to celebrate the young life … Continue reading

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‘More an orgy than a mass’

A couple of nights ago, I sat next next to a man who said that he has been coming to the Three Choirs Festival every year since 1965. That’s over 50 years! Another woman told me she has been regular … Continue reading

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A royal visit for The Dream of Gerontius

Just six days ago, we received this notice: Dear Ticket Holder, We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the performance of Dream of Gerontius on the evening of Tuesday … Continue reading

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Not another Saint-Saëns!

I was already looking forward to tonight’s performance of the Saint-Saëns ‘Organ Symphony’ because it was one of my husband Carl’s and my ‘songs’ when we were dating. Years later I was fortunate enough to play this piece with the … Continue reading

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Evensong; A Child of Our Time

Evensong is offered every day at the Three Choirs Festival and today’s service was sung by the (mixed) Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir with director Stephen Shellard and organist Richard Cook. For this service, everyone sits in the chancel area, and … Continue reading

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Back at the Three Choirs Festival

I took the train into Worcester yesterday, the site of the Three Choirs Festival this year. I booked my hotel, The Cardinal’s Hat Inn, a year ago at the end of last year’s Festival in Gloucester, because I so enjoyed … Continue reading

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Why? Why did they do it?

I feel like I needed to give you some more information about our visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. There was a bookshop at the end of the tour and I couldn’t resist buying a couple of books about the Holocaust. … Continue reading

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