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The Mt Haemus Day

September 1st, 2008

Yesterday we held a festival of learning, music, art and celebration in  the Medieval Hall in Salisbury. Four of the Mt Haemus Award speakers delivered their papers, with musical interludes that included solo singing from the minstrel’s gallery by Anne Coleman, our being piped back into the hall after the morning coffee-break by Andy Letcher, harp music for the meditation and with story-telling from Claire Hamilton, and virtuoso work on the steel guitar by Jim Faupel which culminated in us all joining him in singing his powerful song ‘Sing My Soul Back Home’.

In this gallery of photos (click on the images to enlarge them) you can see the entrance to the hall, Touchstone editor Penny Billington and Stephanie CG sharing a private joke, the display of Esmee Vincent’s artwork that she has produced over the last 15 years or so, and a photo of her receiving the crown of an Honorary Bard of the Order, Dr Brendan Myers giving his talk, the speakers lined up for a photo after the event (L-R: Philip, Prof Roland Rotherham, Dr Brendan Myers, Dr Adam Stout) and a line-up of the musicians (L-R: Jim Faupel, Andy Letcher, Anne Coleman, Claire Hamilton).

7 Responses to “The Mt Haemus Day”

  1. Lovely photos Philip! I am really sad that I couldn’t make it – events rather conspired against me in the end. It sounds like a wonderful and inspiring day.

  2. Thanks for a fantastic day – hope it will not be another 20 years before I meet up with you again !

  3. What a beautiful hall! Its a shame I didn’t get there however thank you for posting the pictures Philip – its nice to see some of the faces that go with the words 🙂

  4. I echo everyone elses comments – it was a very inspiring day – everything was wonderful and I was as captivated with the musicians (great to hear Jim playing live again) as with the speakers. Esme (my bardic tutor of old) being crowned hon Bard topped off the day. Well done to all for a job well done!

  5. Dear Philip,

    Both Mariska and I enjoyed ourselves very much, I’m very glad we made the trip to Salisbury!

    Brendan Meyers’ lecture especially caught my interest, fascinating topic!

    Beautiful location, lunch was great and the atmosphere magical, snaps to Penny and the organisation!

    P.S. Love your new book and so many pretty pictures 😉 !

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