Returning to your old secondary school is always a nostalgic moment, and I was delighted to be invited to conduct the premiere of a specially commissioned set of choral works for the school’s 125th Founder’s Day. The texts set began with a poem composed in 1890, the year of the School’s foundation. They then moved through time to the hope of a better future after the grief of the Great War; the sad partings during World War II when Withington was evacuated; and to the 1960s when women were able to enjoy greater freedoms. The finale to the suite was High Flight, an inspirational work written in 1941, and which President Reagan quoted following the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster in 1986. Here are a few pictures of us rehearsing the works in the Bridgewater Hall.