Into Advent we go, then, as I write this, tinsel, mince pies and carols.  Having come off the back of my first carol of the year I am between Sunday services as I write, so will be fully immersed in the season by the time this is posted.  All my arrangements are done and dusted for the festive run, I think, and all the performances of which I am currently aware are listed on the Performances page of this blog, so, for once, I can sit back a little and enjoy what lies ahead.  It gets a bit busy for the next week and a half and then, as happens at this time of year, the skies clear and it is the run to Christmas.

We rehearsed This Light Of Reason again on Monday evening with the Parliament Choir, and there are a couple more of my pieces going into the same concert on the 7th, Sweet Was The Song and We Three Kings, and we will also be taking Sweet Was The Song to Berlin on the 12th to sing at the Bundestag, a return visit after their choir’s trip over here a couple of years ago.  Advent in Berlin, even if just for a single day, is something to which I am looking forward.

On Saturday evening I played in a concert at St. John’s, Smith Square with the Anton Bruckner Choir, a concert of Mozart and Bach, really terrific stuff, choir, orchestra, soloists and conductors giving it their all.  With Mozart’s perfectly poised Kyrie still in my head (those delicious accented dissonances!) some buskers at the other end of the homeward tube started murdering O When The Saints Go Marching In – I don’t mind busking per se, but I find wrong notes akin to torture, mainly because they get repeated over and over and over again.  In the end I got off the tube and waited for the next one and let Mozart back into my ears.  Ah, that’s better.

In the spare minutes I’ve been getting a few board game reviews up for the lovely people who ask me to write them, and I currently have A Feast For Odin on the table, running through my second solo play to experience how everything fits together.  The box is probably visible from space and I swear that it has its own gravitational field (drawing in unwary gamers), and the game itself is stunning, complicated and open in equal measure.  In this, my second game, my hunters are proving to be totally useless, so it looks as though I shall be reduced to crafting jewellery with my stay-at-home Vikings instead.  It is definitely not a game for the unwary or the uninitiated, and it may be difficult to play with other people, but for an immersive experience that helps me unwind at the end of a busy day it is currently proving hard to beat.

A Feast For Odin

My Vikings – don’t just sit there, raid something!