EIGHTY YEARS YOUNG!

THE FOLLOWING WAS TAKEN FROM A POST I DID EARLIER THIS YEAR (Feb 17th) ON ANOTHER BLOG BUT I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED…..

Evensong at the Cathedral was special tonight…. the choir numbered 50, of present and past choristers who had gathered together to celebrate. The music was selected by Bernard Porter, a previous organist who was 80 years old this weekend, but certainly does not look it!

He was a pleasure to sing under, with gentle criticism and much praise, a wonderful musical knowledge, but who used and practised his skill and craft with a wonderful under-stating. The youngest and most inexperienced chorister gained from being with him, and even those of who have sung for many years still came away knowing a little more about the works we were singing.

Heavens….this seems terribly like an obituary! No, he is still alive and kicking, with an impish grin. I asked him what he will do for the next 20 years, and he said that it will all seem a bit ‘downhill from now on’. So different from those musicians who are so full of themselves, with a puffed-out ego.

So let me add my congratulations…well done Bernard!

One thought on “EIGHTY YEARS YOUNG!

  1. Barbara Holmes says:

    Bernard Porter was a music teacher at my grammar school in York. (Mill Mount) and introduced Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony to me. . I believe he also helped to found the Micklegate Singers in York of which I and my brother were founder members. A 50 year celebration of the group happens in July. He was organist of Holy Trinity in Micklegate at the time. My husband Alan Holmes was also an organist in York in those days…. We have been in Norfolk now for almost 40 years. As you say… Bernard is a lovely man and very encouraging.

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