Three members of the
Clare family grab a few moments' rehearsal at a Sussex church before a funeral.
Last time they played together
in this combination was September 2000, when the Palers' Band tackled Grand Hotel and Wreck of the Hesperus. Since that occasion
Jane (violin) has never been in the right continent to join the Palers' Band again, sadly, though Peter has been deeply involved.
Just before the above,
Peter transposes his part up a semitone (and will play with the mouthpiece
pulled out a full six centimetres)
to compensate for the fact that the piano is a quarter-tone sharp (which could have been caused, or exacerbated,
by the shocking cold in the building). This tiny score is clasped in the flugelhorn's 'lyre' ... as shewn below
At the same time, his sister decorates the family flugelhorn with rhinestones, in honour of a well-known song ...
... so that the bell looks
like this. Of course we're not playing any Procol music, though the
Eternal Father, Strong to Save (aka For Those in Peril on the Sea) would sound good in a PH arrangement
Curious to spot this
engraved stone as we left the church after the service. Undoubtedly no relation
to the man who sings about rhinestoned flugelhorns ... just one of those things. (Click on the photo)
More snaps of Palers' get-togethers