12 Dec 2019
Violist Aziraphale Fell and clarinettist Anthony J Crowley, from rival conservatoires at opposite ends of the country, met on one fateful National Youth Orchestra season—on a tour, in fact, where all kinds of things can happen. They're very happy with the way things are going at present—their relationship is flourishing, despite the judging looks of their feud-locked peers, and all seems right with the world.
However, it only takes one small thing to bring a whole host of latent tensions in the orchestra to the surface—particularly as it's now three years after Aziraphale and Crowley first met. That's right, it's another tour season, a heady orchestral month where emotions run high, plots grow thick, and both delight and disaster are only a step away. With rumours flying that one particularly headstrong musician will challenge the conductor for rhythmic control of the orchestra, can our boys save the final concert of the tour, or will their performance of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony be more accurately described with the title of Bruckner's 8th—"Apocalyptic"?
- Part 1 of Good Orchestra
16 Dec 2019
A bit of fluff featuring our boys at Christmas, told mostly as excerpts from a chat conversation, with a short prose epilogue. Aziraphale finally gets Messenger, Love Actually is opined upon, chat nicknames are changed, Aziraphale's baking adventures end badly, and a Christmas lights-viewing expedition ends very well indeed.
Set in the same universe as An Optimistic Tragedy (in which Aziraphale and Crowley are members of a youth orchestra), but can be read as a stand-alone. No spoilers for AOT!
- Part 2 of Good Orchestra