Twenty-four years ago today, I arrived in London from Exeter. The day always evokes a mixture of feelings. Pride that I made it work, to the best of my abilities. Nostalgia for a different life, for Exeter. The Roman city. The summer evenings. The lack of responsibility.
Devon, the place where I’d studied.
It took me a long time to get used to London life, but now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
I’ve completed a basic draft of material for the new site and it should go live in the next few weeks.
MyPianoBio, a sister site to this one, contains the story of my musical journey, culminating in my experiences as a recital pianist, newly arrived in London.
It also picks up on several other themes.
Many thanks again to WordPress for the powerful online publishing tools!
At last, the first sprinkling of snow has come to London and this morning I had to take special care as I walked down the driveway to the main road. Meanwhile, the weather is generally bleak and cheerless. Winter. I keep busy with my preparation for the third novel, piano practice and language studies, and brave the weather for exercise when I can.
Hurry up, Spring!
Some photos I took on Friday of Regent’s Park, London:
A collage of shots I caught around London.
A shot I captured before today’s snow.
Victoria Park, Finchley, North London
Chaos…I went back to my usual job as a self-employed musician yesterday but I’m not sure what will happen tomorrow.
Apparently, the snow will turn to ice in the next few days, making travel to work hazardous.
Current Piano Repertoire
Brahms – 2 Rhapsodies op79, Ballad in G Minor 0p 118
Chopin Studies 10-12 from op 25 set, Ballades nos 2 & 3
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsodies nos 5 & 12