CONCERTS & EVENTS
January - Music studies continue in London.
April - Margaret and Leslie to Toronto to meet with concert agents.
May - Sell London, England home and purchase Toronto home.
June/July - Move everything from London to Aylmer, Quebec.
August - Various music events and conferences. Mount Orford, Quebec; Dalton, Ohio.
September - Prepare fall/Christmas shows, Ottawa.
October - First performances of the year, Port Hope, 12 school shows in Lennox/Addington. Quebec City.
November - Move everything to new Toronto home.
December - Fredricton, Woodstock, St. Andrews, Wolfville, Halifax, Lennoxville, Cornwall, Waterloo, Barrie, Blyth, Sarnia, London, and Oshawa.
Margaret and Ian loading the truck. The Huggetts consolidate households in Aylmer and London and move everything to a newly purchased home in just outside Toronto.
LISTEN WHILE YOU BROWSE
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) was an English composer, lutenist, and singer. His compositions are some of the finest examples of late Renaissance music and are featured on the Huggett's 1979 My Lute Awake album. A devoted catholic, Dowland performed several espionage assignments for Sir Robert Cecil in France and Denmark. The plotters offered him a large sum of money from the Pope and safe passage for his wife and children to come to him from England. Still, in the end, he declined to have anything further to do with their plans and begged pardon from Sir Robert Cecil and the Queen.
John Dowland. Not only a brilliant composer but a catholic spy.
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
Throughout the years, schooling by correspondence is a regular part of the daily routine. Now, Jennifer, Ian, and Fiona finish high school within a year of each other. Ian and Fiona, the two youngest, have worked hard to catch up with their older sibling, and Fiona graduates high school with a 90% average. Ironically, Andrew has been teaching Baroque performance at Ottawa University and working in the recording studio for several years when he receives his High School Equivalency diploma from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
As young adults, Jennifer and Fiona are thinking about a future in professional music outside the Huggett Family. Lessons in London and Canada focus on their principal instruments: Fiona studies Baroque violin with June Baines and Cat Mackintosh in London; and Jennifer the modern cello with Jenny Ward-Clark in London and Don Whitten in Canada. Ian studies the viola with Roger Best in London and Steven Dan in Canada; however, he is also developing a strong interest in environmental issues and is contemplating a change in direction.
Despite a last-minute application, Jennifer wins acceptance at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies at Goldsmiths College in London, England. Applicants audition worldwide for a place at this prestigious finishing school. It is a testament to the quality of Jennifer's cello playing that she can hold her own among applicants who have dedicated their entire musical lives solely to the cello. In the Huggett Family, Jennifer also dances, sings, and plays half a dozen other instruments, all to a very high standard. Over the years, her available time to practice the cello has been limited. Now she gets valuable orchestral experience under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Eliot Gardiner, and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.
Fiona with June Baines. For 30 years after the Huggett Family's professional demise, Fiona played baroque violin in many of London's most successful early music ensembles, including the English Concert, The Jaye Consort, The English Fantasy, and in Paris, Les Musiciens du Louvre.
Jennifer's high school certificate. Despite the age differences, Ian, Jennifer, and Fiona all graduate high school within a year of each other.
Jennifer, seen here recording Nielsen's 4th symphony with conductor Rozhdestvensky at BBC studios in London. The following week she and the orchestra recorded Richard Strauss' Don Juan with Lorin Maazel conducting.
SPRING & SUMMER
The decision is made to move the family base to Toronto to allow closer access to the area's concert and management opportunities and to allow the girls access to the Toronto Musicians Union professional development incentives, available only to its local members.
In May, Margaret and Leslie fly to Canada and find a house near a small lake on the Oak Ridge Moraine. It is a large A-frame home, recently featured in Canadian Homes Magazine, and is quickly christened the "A" House. They will take possession in November. Margaret's brother Dave and his family buy the London home, and twenty-two tea chests are packed with music, books, and research material and sent by sea back to Canada along with the harpsichord which is sent by air.
Jennifer stays in London until the end of July, while in June, the rest of the Huggetts fly back to Canada and one last summer at the Aylmer cottage.
There are no concerts this summer. In August, Fiona, Jennifer, and Andrew attend a two-week early music seminar in Mount Orford, Quebec. Among those present is the future order of Canada recipient, Tafelmusik's concertmaster Jean Lamon, and world-renowned soprano Dame Emma Kirkby. A separate jazz program is also in progress. Andrew recounts, "The early music program ran parallel with a jazz program that really appealed to me. I had had 11 years of early music under my belt and welcomed the opportunity to learn about something different, so I skipped all the early music events and went to the jazz ones instead."
Leslie and Margaret attend the viol conclave at Wright State University in Dalton, Ohio, which attracts some of America's finest viol players, and Ian spends the summer working with ornithologist Monty Brigham, recording Canadian bird songs.