Well, the long-awaited happy day is nearly upon us now, and there's an almost tangible feeling of excitement in the air. This will be one of those events which cut right across national boundaries, and draw followers from right around the globe.
But what about here in the UK? Are we ready to do our bit and play a prominent part in the jubilation? Sadly, the well-known British sense of reserve can be quite a handicap at times. Maybe you'd like to get involved in the celebrations but feel a little hesitant? Well my advice is to put your inhibitions to one side, and go for it! There are so many ways you can make a contribution, whether it be putting up bunting, or organising a street party or other communal event. It's still not too late to get involved. And it's not just about the day itself, there's just so much to celebrate. We are talking about an important part of our heritage, a long and noble tradition, years of faithful service, something which - even in an age of jaded cynicism - still has the power to inspire people and raise the human spirit to a higher plane altogether. And with the blessed day fortuitously falling on a Friday, there's no reason why the partying can't continue into the small hours!
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you a most enjoyable time. Let's make this a day we can look back on fondly for years to come. But I must also end with a note of warning. Apparently there's some sort of high-profile wedding scheduled to take place in the next few days. Don't let it distract you from your preparations, will you?
(Friday 17th June, 2011 is the bicentenary of the birth of legendary French organ builder Aristide Cavaille-Coll. UK celebrations include an evening concert on the C.C.organ at Parr Hall, Warrington)