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28th January 2019 (Retreating)

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A tiny barn near Cambridge hosted the first “her&her” creative retreat this weekend. Moving on from its former use as a storage space for beer barrels, the outbuilding has been lovingly transformed into the perfect place to withdraw from the hubbub of everyday life. Cydnei B and myself set off from our respective homes in […]

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8th & 9th January 2019 (work life balance!)

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These past 2 days have been spent happily in Suffolk…..feeding my soul with music, dance and panatoni. I’ve been hanging out at my friend Richard’s studio and mixing a new “her&her” meditation track during the day and then dancing tango in the evening (Richard and his tangolicious wife run classes in Martlesham – highly recommended […]

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Winter Music Notes 2018

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Dear Thorpe Magazine Readers – 2018 is quickly evaporating as we approach yet another C…..mas – (can’t quite bring myself to spell it out yet!!), and I have to admit to missing scribing for your mag over the past few months – so here I am with you again, to see the year out! This […]

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Spring 2018 Music Notes

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Catherine Shrubshall Musician

Welcome dear readers to the emergence of Spring! Already this year we have borne witness to the passing of two eminent people, one a comedian and the other a scientist – both very necessary in our troubled world….and we’ve had the joy of the winter Olympics too. I have felt incredibly inspired by the life […]

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February 2018 Music Notes

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Catherine Shrubshall

“The first snowdrops are starting to emerge from the depths of the dormant earth to show us their beautiful white tepal forms…. like giants we peer downward towards our feet during these dark and dank days. I’m wondering what is to flow from your fingertips to the keyboard for this article dear Catherine?” Blimey, I’d […]

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December 2017 Music Notes

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Catherine Shrubshall Help Musicians UK Westminster Abbey 2017

Dear readers…..I’m hoping that as you read these words which have been penned in early November, that our first St Cecilia Festival has been a resounding success…with pots of money raised for St Michael’s Church and for “Help Musicians UK” (HMUK). I also hope that my speech at the HMUK St Cecilia Festival at Westminster […]

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October 2017 Music Notes

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Featuring world premiers by Jeffery Wilson & Peter Thorne. Catherine Shrubshall

As you’ll understand, my mind is buzzing with all things “Saint Cecilia” in preparation for the up-and-coming gig in November. During a chat with the prodigious Essex based composer/musician Jeffery Wilson, he flowed ebulliently forth with his knowledge that Saint Cecilia is “the patroness of musicians, and it’s written that as the musicians played at her […]

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September 2017 Music Notes

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Saxology Quartet

It’s amazing what can be crammed into a short period of time called summer….what with gigs, workshops, teaching and brain stimulating travel…including a (thankfully flat) bicycle trip up the west coast of Holland too! However, throughout all this nurturing and refreshing revelry, the emergent thought of a celebratory concert in Thorpe that I shared with […]

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July 2017 Music Notes

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My life seems to be full of uncertainty and distress at the moment, making everything appear topsy-turvy and nonsensical. One of my best friends recently succumbed to cancer…..and too soon after this tragedy I found myself supporting another dear friend at her husband’s funeral. Both people were wonderful musical souls and exceptional artists who were […]

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June 2017 Music Notes

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As is the wont of any woman careering at warp speed towards middle age, my nights are often wakeful….with a churning mind as my constant bedfellow. Yet happily, although my dreams are frequently nonsensical, they are often full to the brim with creative ideas. Waking amidst the chaos, I know there might just be my […]