Never happens to Gareth Malone

I went to Ripon yesterday to lead a choral rehearsal.  The Skelldale Singers are a very worthy choir of some 100 voices – they rehearse in the centre of Ripon and are led by my good friend Liz Linfoot.  Liz is enjoying the arrival of her new baby boy (Noah – how apt) so I am looking after this choir and one other for this term.

Yesterday, I left Tollerton on my motorbike to travel to Ripon for the rehearsal.  I went through torrential rain, which is no fun on a motorbike on dark, country roads.  It got worse.  I travelled down a hill to get to the bottom and found myself riding through about a foot of water for about ten or fifteen feet.  I was lucky to stay on my bike.  I was also drenched.  Goretex my clothing maybe – but even that couldn’t resist the flood waters.

So, I arrived 5 minutes late looking like a drowned rat.  Thankfully, I had a change of clothes to lead the rehearsal.  A very kind couple from the choir led me out of Ripon after the rehearsal to the relative safety of the A168 and so I made it home.  I returned home at about 10.30 very tired, wet, cold and not a little bit stressed.

Still, next week will be better.  Won’t it?

Tim Farnhill lives and breathes music and loves to engage and educate aspiring musician to grow. He provides professional music services from private tuition (flute lessons, piano lessons, keyboard lessons) through to conducting, composing and arranging for choirs and orchestras. To find out more about Tim and the breadth of services he can provide, please visit timfarnhill.com