It seems like such a shame that all of our kind donors have offered their money in good faith and yet the two organisations which are meant to keep everything fool-proof and user-friendly have made everything so confusing. Apparently it's our job now to follow up the payments which have gone wrong, which feels rich when you consider that between them, WeFund and PayPal are taking up to 20% of the money donated as "commission."
We've just finished our second session on the Pepys Motet at Sonica in Clapham. Today was the turn of the basses, and they very much matched the tenors in terms of absolute excellence. I can't tell you how excited I am by this recording and the prospect of just how good it's going to sound. We're really beginning to push sonic boundaries and the standard of singing is absolutely excellent. I had been worried that I'd hear the tenors again on the recording and find fault with everything they'd done but they were every bit as good as I'd hoped and remembered.
We've welcomed a new bass into the fold; an opera singer called Trevor who has the sweetest, most beautiful, chocolatey voice. I sat behind the mixing desk listening to each of my five basses in the different vocal booths in different corners of the studio and felt an unbelievable sense of luck, pride and deep gratitude.
We're now on the tube heading home and Nathan is sitting next to Trevor. They're both knitting. Nathan's doing a hat and Trevor's making some kind of baby cardigan. The middle-aged, lady sitting opposite, with a face like a haunted shoe, took one look at them, grabbed her ghastly pink coat, tutted and went and sat at the other end of the carriage. I do believe we may have just encountered a little slice of homophobia. Imagine being so small-minded that your world implodes when you see two blokes knitting!