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April 2017 Music Notes

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“Knowing you, this will inspire you to write some amazing music, a good story and…..who knows what?” messaged one of my sparky Essex students to me the other day. “Oh, and take care of yourself ☺” Some of you may know the term ‘leitmotif’, a posh expression for a recurring theme. Now, this appears to […]

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March 2017 Music Notes

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I drifted into Rome’s Basilica of Saint Cecilia on a beautifully clement February afternoon (meanwhile snow was drifting into Essex – good timing Catherine!). I was greeted by the mellifluous intricacies of baroque organ music. So, perching myself on a pew beside a gleaming marble sculpture of the famous patroness of musicians, I gave myself […]

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February 2017 Music Notes

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Brrrr….it’s chilly out there! With the English winter really biting down now and the wind whipping around my hair, causing all manner of mayhem, my thoughts turned to escaping the dismally dark days. As if by instant connection, my mobile text alert chimed with a new message: “Ciao bella….February in England is too cold and […]

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January 2017 Music Notes

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The beginning of yet another New Year was nearly upon me, and a proverbial blank piece of music manuscript lay on the table….my head buzzing with thoughts of what might be in the year ahead. This was all accompanied by feelings of both excitement and trepidation of the hidden and yet to unfold secrets of […]

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December 2016 Music Notes

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“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” Gandhi. Jingle Bells…Jingle all the way!  Well, ready or not, Christmas is almost here….and so is the supposed time of good will to all – the giving of gifts, and of ourselves. Yuletide is considered a peak employment time for a […]

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November 2016 Music Notes

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Who would have thought that our village “Tesco Express” would be the local hub of connectivity and culture?  It was whilst waiting patiently in the queue that I had the good fortune to bump into a vastly knowledgeable and insightful artist friend and villager. As we gradually shuffled towards the till we passed comment on […]

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October 2016 Music Notes

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“Oh how wonderful – I’ve ALWAYS wanted to play the saxophone” is a frequent reaction when someone I’ve just met discovers I’m a saxophonist. Of course my response is usually: “So why don’t you then?”…and with a twinkle in my eye but with serious intent, the gauntlet is thrown down and the challenge set….. All […]

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August 2016 Music Notes

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“We always need to do what we do better and with more love and commitment – and always use music to reach out to people, never to exclude”. I came upon these heartfelt words expressed by the international concert pianist Stephen Hough following the referendum, and I felt a surge of hope in such turbulent […]

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July 2016 Music Notes

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I am staring dreamily out over the sleepy Umbrian hills from my Italian terrace. A majestic view of Perugia rises before me as an early summer sun begins to set. Church bells ring out in the distance and birds harmonise delightfully with stories of their day. I must surely be in paradise? And just when […]

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June 2016 Music Notes

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Thursday 5th May, 10:30pm: my phone rang…”Are you sitting down Catherine?” Ms Baines spoke in a most earnest fashion. “Why?” said I…”Well, I’ve just had a conversation with the not-so-vocal Andrew Bain (she faltered)….he was croaking at me that he’d lost his voice…. and was thinking he may not be able to sing on Saturday […]