Various things

This weekend has been a fairly quiet one again, but there are a few things worth mentioning: On Saturday afternoon, we went to Orchard Baptist Church to record the very first Focus on Faith podcast! We had a good discussion about the Beatitudes, and I hope and pray that it will be useful for people as they listen.

In the evening, Matthew and I went to St. Botolph’s for a concert by Colchester Symphony Orchestra with works from American composers. The main event for me was them playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, but they also played Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, one movement from Barber’s first Piano Concerto, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and concluding with “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” by Leanord Bernstein (there was one other piece by Bernstein but I can’t remember what it was called!). All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening – the pieces were fantastic, and the orchestra (which, to my surprise, included two of my work colleagues!) played very well.

On Sunday, we went to church in the morning, and then in the afternoon we had Luci and Chris round for tea and cake (how civilised!). Afterwards we had dinner and watched “Mr Bean’s Holiday”… I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this (i.e., whether it had ‘jumped the shark‘), but it was very funny and a pleasant evening’s entertainment.

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