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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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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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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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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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April 2016 Music Notes

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Goodness!!…. February turned out to be one of the most creatively productive months I’ve had for YEARS! – not only did the “Tricsky Trobairitz TWN Collective” devise an abundance of original new material as part of the “February Music Writing Challenge”, but we also developed it in to a 35 minute show! Our first live performance was served […]

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March 2016 Music Notes

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1pm on February 1st 2016: Thorpe-le-Soken sees a lively “Tricksy Trobairitz” (* 1) photoshoot near the WI Hall. Afterwards the jocular trio found themselves drawn to the reward of double chocolate brownies AND mochaccinos at “LOVE TO EAT”. The ‘only supermarket in the village’ was closed for the day, so the rush of people in this delightfully bijou café […]

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February 2016 Music Notes

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After the furore of Christmas and the full moon in Thorpe, and then the high jinks of New Year (spent gigging in Nottingham and taking in the fireworks and party atmosphere), it seemed natural and almost rude not to relax into the dormancy of the shortest month of the year. My creative flow took a little coaxing out […]