One perfect day…

One perfect day…

Rosemary and I have passed any number of memorable (and – mostly – happy) days as participants in Kentwell Hall’s Tudor Re-creations. But one day, in particular, stands out. The year – on this occasion – was 1600: a gift to gentry, like me, who...
The piper in the loft

The piper in the loft

Long before our loft was converted for the sole use of the son of the household, strange noises could frequently be heard coming from (usually) the front room. The sounds I was making as I learned the fingering for my recorder. The idea came from my mother, who had...
Out of phase is good

Out of phase is good

What makes for a good marriage? Here’s one suggestion: it helps if the partners don’t both panic at the same time. And Rosemary and I got to test that very early on. Almost at the beginning, in fact. We’d already developed something a little more than simple...
Getting the measure

Getting the measure

 There’s a saying among re-enactors that we don’t wear costumes. We wear clothes. Because a good re-enactor does more than act out a role. They actively take on a persona. And – ironically – that persona is often closer to the real ‘them’ than the face...
Music opens the gate…

Music opens the gate…

While I was still living in Watford I had the very great pleasure of meeting a man called Colin Prior, who shared my passion for early music. And who, unwittingly, would change the whole course of my life… Colin had started a recorder consort – the Gade Consort...