We started by ascending the 240-odd tower steps, and playing (in the drizzle) while the 10am cathedral tour came round. It was good to get some of our old repertoire in the open again - not least "Up on the roof" by The Drifters, which we last played in 2006!
After this we did a whistlestop tour of a few places in Chester - including the city walls, the Roman amphitheatre, and a bandstand by the river Dee. After this we returned to the cathedral to play in the refectory dying lunchtime, before dashing up the tower for a second time to entertain another tour party!
It was then time to set off up north - a 3.5 hour drive to Durham, where we are staying tonight. We've been out for a curry with some old friends, and tomorrow will be doing the following;
- Playing at Tynemouth - not strictly on Hadrian's wall, but the nearest point on the coast;
- playing at Wallsend - where Hadrian's wall actually starts (or ends);
- playing on the roof of the Castle Keep in Newcastle - at about 2.30pm if you want to come along
- we will also be playing in various other places, as yet undetermined - but we'll tell you all about these tomorrow!
Highlight of the day: Playing "Up on the roof" again, after 8 years
Quote of the day: "I know we've been playing this arrangement for 10 years, but those two notes at the top of page 2 should actually be pizzicato" (Jeremy acknowledging a mistake in his arrangement of Nessun Dorma to Clare!)