Wonderful news! A new baby boy surrounded with the love of a caring family and a wider community. We pass on our congratulations. Such a personal event and yet one that can be shared by everyone!
This is our press release:
"As you know I taught Kate the piano at our home in Bucklebury from the age of about 11 to 14 (along with Pippa and James and later Carole). Kate, like the rest of her family was keen and interesting and always happy when she came for lessons. Children who are bright and full of energy always have the potential to succeed and I believe both girls still play the piano for fun.
As far as the reaction of the village is concerned the long awaited event is being talked about in the local shops and pubs and the presence of reporters and police cars as well as street cleaners has not gone unnoticed! As with the wedding there is an air of happy expectation which gives a buzz to the locality. I expect that the hot weather is very tiring for Kate and feel every sympathy but also hope that she and Will are enjoying their last few days of freedom! No matter how much help is available in the end the responsibility of a new life rests with the parents.
I am certain that Kate will share the same love and concern for her children that she received as a child from her parents and will rest happy in the knowledge that she has her devoted parents available to help when she and William need them. I can tell you from experience that parental help and advice is invaluable at this time and am sure that Carole, Mike, Pippa and Jameswill all get involved and have a giggle together when inevitably things are not quite as ordered as they were before!
It never ceases to amaze me that this tiny village of Bucklebury has produced the next Queen of England who is about to produce the following king or queen and all because she was sensible enough to learn the piano as a child. I often say to my current pupils “Keep practising and who knows someday you might be a member of the Royal family!”
These are some of our 'Theory' pupils who were yesterday discussing who were most like Kate! They had a short break yesterday afternoon as it was so hot.
Oliver and Harriet recording 'First Breath' .
As far as the song is concerned it is already composed and recorded (with my son and daughter singing and me playing the piano). It will be a personal gift to Kate and Will so will not be released to the public but essentially “First Breath” is a song about birth from the baby’s point of view.
I felt and composed the song but did not have the words. My wife, Sandra, (who is the mother to our three children) brought together the associations of babies and the total love given new life. In a world where there are so many horrors this brings us back to reality and calls to mind the simple trust of a child who is ‘wrapped in love’!
We never miss a chance to enjoy a glass of champagne! As parents we remember how strange the first few days are after the birth of a child and we wish all new parents well and hope that Kate and William enjoy every moment!