Category Archives: Katherine Crosier

‘Elgar was here’

Today began with a visit to Spetchley Gardens, a place where Edward Elgar was a friend of the Berkeley family, owners, often staying and enjoying some fishing in the garden lake. He was so inspired by the garden that he … 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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Mendelssohn St. Paul

Thrilling. Exhilarating. Hair-raising. Those were some of the reactions to last night’s performance of Mendelssohn St. Paul at the Three Choirs Festival Worcester. Wha-a-a-t? Mendelssohn? I must confess, that until last night, and only knowing Mendelssohn Elijah, which I consider … Continue reading

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Sunday at Worcester Cathedral

I was intrigued by the listing of the organ prelude at Worcester Cathedral’s Sung Eucharist today: Prelude and Fugue on BACH —J.S. Bach (1685-1750). As far as I know, Bach never wrote a prelude and Fugue on these four pitches: … 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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A day in Cambridge

Joan Ishibashi and I took a direct train to Cambridge this morning where we had a joyful reunion with Ian McFarland and Ann Lillya, former Honolulu residents and parishioners of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Ann played oboe in the Honolulu … Continue reading

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Handel-Hendrix-Haydn?

My organist friend, Barbara Adler, suggested that on my tour of London churches, I include St. George’s Hanover Square on the itinerary. So that’s where Joan Ishibashi and I went first! St. George’s is known because George Frideric Handel was … Continue reading

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London church hopping

I left Warsaw at noon yesterday for the Chopin Airport and couldn’t resist taking a picture of the sign—they are really proud of  their native son! It wasn’t until 9:30 pm, though, that I arrived at London Heathrow because of … Continue reading

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From 7,351 miles away

That’s how far away Honolulu is from Warsaw, where I’m sitting in my hotel room now. In terms of time, we are 12 hours ahead of my home in Honolulu, where my former student, Joey Fala, gave the rededicatory recital … Continue reading

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