Other Pursuits

Apart from music, Colin has an interest in the following areas:
Family History – The Wright family name has been traced back to London in the late 18th century, the main family business at that time being as cordwainers or shoemakers / -menders, moving to the Channel Islands during the mid-19th century. However, music has also featured prominently within the inherited genes through several generations, and a significant contingent of the family now lives in Canada, with others from the 20th century also in Australia and New Zealand. (See www.ancestry.com.)

Travel abroad – Like many people who have the opportunity to enjoy holidays and travel to other countries, Colin has been fortunate, particularly over the past 15 years as a music examiner for Trinity College London to undertake, via Hong Kong and Singapore, tours lasting up to eight weeks in South Africa, Australia, most of New Zealand as well as to various venues in Europe.

Philately – From the moment at the age of six or so when his father introduced a small collection of stamps from across the world, Colin was hooked on philately. Apart from issues from British Commonwealth countries, his particular interest is in Great Britain and in particular the Queen Elizabeth II definitive Machin series. This design has been in use since 1967 with countless varieties of colour, shade, gum, perforation, and other features including the more recent security devices, to make it an absorbing pastime.

Bowls – Colin joined the local Bowls club in Hutton Cranswick towards the end of the summer season in 2016 and has continued to develop his bowling technique on the outside green as well as the short mat. He is now Secretary and hopes to win some competitions over the coming year!

Politics – While not especially involved in politics, Colin is a member of a major party and is interested especially in current developments regarding Brexit.

Other activities include – local history, languages, walking and continuing to undertake work on aural.