Symphony No. 5, Opus 62, The Aylesbury
In 2004 I took early retirement from teaching but returned to England to make arrangements for a second production of my light opera Woman of the Woods. Since this was expected to take some time I took a teaching job in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in September 2004.
I was very excited to be spending some quality time in England and celebrated it with the first movement of a new symphony Return Of The Native.
Unfortunately I had a massive heart attack in late November and was pronounced clinically dead - only to come back. During my convalesence I wrote the 2nd movement Light At The End of The Tunnel.
I was able to return to teaching in the new year (2005) and the staff and pupils were very good to me and the 3rd movement is a tribute to them - Quarrendon Jig.
At the end of the school year I returned to Canada and wrote the 4th movement - Aylesbury March
This is recorded by the LVO.