Journey so Long

Journey So long: A Foreword from his Family

Dad was well into what he called his ‘anecdotage’ when the ongoing advance of his cancers was exacerbated by a fall that left him severely incapacitated. When he came home for the last time from hospital, the desire to complete the Memories he was working on was uppermost in his mind. As it turned out, the secondaries were progressing more swiftly through his body than any of us had realised, and the Lord took him to his heavenly home only a few hours after he returned to his own living room.

While he was still in hospital he passed on to us the charge of completing the final edits of his life-story. This seems particularly fitting, since I learned so much of the craft of writing from Dad in my early years. It has also fallen to me to write the final chapter concerning his homecoming.

You can access Dad’s Memories here, along with a transcript of the address I gave at his funeral, on our blog.

Here is a link to the many tributes paid to Dad.

You can also listen to the address here.

To read Memories click here or click on the book cover.

For those who have known Dad at some particular point along his journey, this is an opportunity to see its rich tapestry in a wider context. Colourful threads of theatre and music were woven through it at every stage as he performed in many pieces, built, adapted and played many instruments, composed music and conducted musicians and singers.

As you will read, he wrote and recorded an award winning piece with the children he taught at Newhaven primary school. The day before his funeral, we were able to convert the reel-to-reel tape recording of Journey So Long and to present complimentary CDs to those who joined us in commemorating his life. It is delightful!

It is also a joy to share with you two exquisite recordings Dad made in the 1960s with the choirs of Southwell Minster and Lincoln Cathedral. These performances were specially commissioned to accompany Son et Lumieres that he devised for Norwell Church in the Diocese of Southwell in Nottinghamshire, tracing its story through the centuries, often with spectacular lighting effects.

Enjoy this exquisitely beautiful version of Richard of Chichester’s well-known prayer, as well as this sensitive and beautifully sung setting of Psalm 84!

Dad was particularly fond of the recorder and you will read of him playing his Sonata for Recorder at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford. I have gladly inherited his love of the instrument, and was pleased to have the opportunity to record the Cantabile from that sonata a few years ago.

Because the Lord was with him Dad did not make his journey through life alone. As you read this detailed kaleidoscope of episodes and insights may you know His presence with you too.

In His love and with gratitude to the Lord Jesus for all His great goodness toward Dad and each one of us.

Robert and Ros (Malvern, New Year 2020)

It is also a joy to share with you two exquisite recordings Dad made in the 1960s with the choirs of Southwell Minster and Lincoln Cathedral. These performances were specially commissioned to accompany Son et Lumieres that he devised for Norwell Church in the Diocese of Southwell in Nottinghamshire, tracing its story through the centuries, often with spectacular lighting effects.

Enjoy this exquisitely beautiful version of Richard of Chichester’s well-known prayer, as well as this sensitive and beautifully sung setting of Psalm 84!

Dad was particularly fond of the recorder and you will read of him playing his Sonata for Recorder at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford. I have gladly inherited his love of the instrument, and was pleased to have the opportunity to record the Cantabile from that sonata a few years ago.

Because the Lord was with him Dad did not make his journey through life alone. As you read this detailed kaleidoscope of episodes and insights may you know His presence with you too.

In His love and with gratitude to the Lord Jesus for all His great goodness toward Dad and each one of us.

Robert and Ros (Malvern, New Year 2020)