Event in Leicester and CRS awards - March 2016
Paul Gosling interviews Steve
Steve and Paul Gosling with Richard III statue
It's been an exciting few days...
Jo and I travelled to Leicester on Friday where we met Paul Gosling and his wife Tracey for the evening event to close the Cultural Exchanges Festival at De Montfort University. But first Paul and Tracey took us on a fascinating trip around the museum dedicated to Richard lll, putting into question the traditional view that he was the quintessential bad guy. Sometimes we forget that history is written by the victors! It seems to me that most monarchs from those unruly times resorted to violence.
The talk and Q&A that evening went well. Paul Gosling had also put together an amazing film incorporating video clips from the eras of every studio album I've been involved with since the Genesis days. A group of dancers who had featured in the Corycian Fire video which will be part of the upcoming live DVD package performed an impressive stage version. My thanks to Paul and Tracey Gosling, De Montfort University and everyone who helped arrange the event.
The following day we travelled further north to Wath-upon-Dearne where I received the Best Guitarist Award at the CRS (Classic Rock Society) awards, hosted by Geoff Downes. Thank you Geoff, Miles Bartaby, everyone at CRS and all supporters... It was an enjoyable evening. Good to see pal Steve Rothery, the main performer there. I was pleased to catch up with everyone, including John Young of Lifesigns, pals Bryan and Livy of Mostly Autumn, members of Karnataka... Also David Longdon, Christina Booth and Rob Reed who had all put the Spectral Mornings charity video together.
It was two special evenings, and as always great to meet so many friends and supportive fans...
Liza Mortimer, Olga Galona, Kristina Mirzojeva, Georgina Hall, Saule Ir Dykuma and Wezz Bingwa - BA Hons Dance degree students from DMU
Steve with Steve Rothery at CRS Awards
Steve with his CRS Award with host of the evening, Geoff Downes