It’s a sunny Friday afternoon and I’m lying in the grass with a negroni about to listen to a gamelan performance, as one does. Or at least, as one does in Dartington. Week one is coming to a close and it’s been loads of fun (apart from the soul-destroyingly bad canteen food). Fretwork played Lawes and Lachrimae in the round with David Miller, who is divine. I also got to work with the brilliant newish Ensemble Meridiana in a programme of German cantatas with Emma Kirkby. Lovely people and musicians, all. And the students this year were marvellously interested, willing to be dragged through Tallis from original notation, and very receptive to an hour of me waffling about hexachordal theory. Truly a magical place.