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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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“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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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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May 2017 Music Notes

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Guest writer: Fiona Baines (from the “TWN Collective” – Thorpe, Wimborne & Nottingham) My cherished friend and music colleague Fiona Baines from Nottingham has become a familiar voice in our amiable village of late. You may recall Fiona’s soaring descant at Midnight Mass in 2015, or her dazzling performance at the St Michael’s Springtime Concert […]

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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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December 2016 Music Notes

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Love Music Help Musicians Catherine Shrubshall

“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 […]