A while back I told you all that I had written to a couple of the bands I play in warning them that from now on they would get Paula. I have subsequently attended rehearsals with both bands, and got little or no reaction from anyone. One of the conductors did stumble a little over my name, once, with a slight pause before remembering the to add final "a", and one older trombone player did ask me how my transition was going. I was happy to tell that so far it was all OK. All in all both occasions were pretty uneventful, and sometimes that's just how I like it.
I will playing a concert with the Biggin Hill Concert Band on Saturday, which I aim to enjoy, before having what currently looks like a concert free summer. Checking my diary I now have no performances booked until September, and that one may well clash with one of my daughter's performances. This feels most unusual as I so used to playing on band stands, fetes and the like throughout the summer months that six weeks without a concert could give me withdrawal symptoms.