Plainsong from the pews
We deserted our dishevelled house this afternoon for a plainsong Vespers in the Cathedral of The Isles on Cumbrae, sung by a community choir directed by Alan Tavener. A strange experience for us to be in the nave, listening and not singing, especially in a place where I've sung for so many years - I found myself wanting to join in all over the place.
Afterwards, in the cloisters, I was hailed by my maiden name - another very odd experience. Turned out it was the boy who sat behind me in Latin at school, who played the clarinet in the same school orchestra as I played violin, who'd married the sister of one of my music teachers. She was in the choir - hence their being there. And from the standing start, as it were, of total mystification, we sprinted off through the years - far too many years - since our shared adolescence.
Everyone else had disappeared by the time we'd finished and left for the ferry. Do I feel younger or older as a result?
Still wondering ...
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