Back on a Thursday in February, when there was still snow on the ground, I took the train to Settle to conduct an experiment. Let me set the scene. It’s early morning at Leeds station and the train for Carlisle is filling up with ladies and gentlemen of retirement age tempted by an amazing ticket offer to travel the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, one of the most beautiful train journeys in the UK. I’m sitting there beginning to feel a little uncomfortable. Perhaps it is the notion that as a composer retirement and that freedom to wake up in the morning and not to have go to work is unlikely to be something I’ll ever experience. A composer I studied with in the late 60s is 102 and still composing! But that aside, I’m looking forward so much to this day out, a walk to Attermire Scar on the outskirts of Settle.