My day job is a good one and creative: I’m Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chelmsford’s Anglican Cathedral, meaning that I have overall responsibility for the music at services and concerts, and I direct the Cathedral Choir, a group of boys and adults that sing five times a week in central Chelmsford. This is quite an indoors job and getting out with the horses is a great feeling whether it’s on my day off or after work. Time spent out riding or cleaning tack is good thinking time and the hours in the open air give me lots of perspective on the things I’m dealing with at work. I’m so glad that my work colleagues and members of The Chelmsford Singers, my other choir, are all supportive of my equestrian project; I’m going to need plenty of supporters on the sidelines!
Some people have worried about the possibility of injuries- I rather think that’s life and I’m confident that it’s all going to be fine. Do come and watch me ride as and when we’re out competing, or hear one of the choirs in action some time!
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Such a contrast between your day job and your leisure activities! Have you come across any other horse-owning professional organists (or other musicians) yet?
No organists so far, but I know that there are musicians with horses and I know a few singers who ride. They’re slightly opposing activities I suppose!