• High Sheriff of Surrey

  • High Sheriff of Surrey

On Saturday afternoon, I spent the afternoon in Woking at the house of Lionel and Kumi Smith-Gordon for the last recital of the Summer at Breinton series: Seemingly Unlikely. Saxophonist Huw Wiggin and harpist Oliver Wass showed their love of the repertoire for this "unprecedented" combination of instruments, including works by Bach, Rachmaninov and Gershwin.

Prior to the main event, violin sister-act Coco & Yume Tomita performed a varied solo and duo programme. Coco is the Strings Category winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2020. Yume at the ae of 12 showed so much talent and composure in front of a sell-out crowd in social distance settings in the gardens, both sisters are studying at the Yeudi Menuhin school.

Yume Tomita playing variations of 'Amazing Grace', had my hairs back of my neck standing and Huw and Olive playing 'Summertime' and 'Someone to Watch over Me' was truly amazing.

Thank you so much to the family for inviting an supporting the Classical music industry.


  • High Sheriff of Surrey

On Sunday 16th Aug 2020, I had the honour and joy to join the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, Chairman of Surrey County Council, Tony Samuels and Col. Patrick Crowley (Rtd) DL Chief Executive of South East Reserve Forces & Cadets Association, to mark the end of WW2 in Japan - the VJ75 anniversary. I read the following poem at the services, which reflects where we as a society.


And the people stayed home. and read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. and listened more deeply.

Some meditated, some prayed, some danced, some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

A huge thank you to the Dean of Guildford Cathedral, the recording of the music - prepared by Choir of St Paul’s Church in Canterbury, along with live music by Organist Richard Moore and the clergy. It was our duty to pay our respect to the Fallen and the contribution made by the Surrey battalions, many lives lost for our Peace. We will Remember Them.

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