August is always a strange month. When it starts you think you have ages yet till school term starts. Then before you seem to have had a couple of days off, it’s gone!

Usually I continue teaching over the holidays – not as much or as regular hours, but it is the one time youngsters have time to practise without the pressure of school and for adults it’s no different from any other time.

Of course, people (except me!) go away on holiday so it is all a little more disjointed but it does generally allow momentum to keep up rather than the long gap which would otherwise happen.

So now I need to sit down and work ot how to fit them all in next term!


Weddings, a concert and on 22nd August the installation of my good friend, Anthony Swaby as Vicar at St Anne’s Church, Willenhall, at which I have the delightful honour of playing the organ. So I need to brush the dust off my organ shoes and go up there to make friends with The Beast (the organ, not Anthony!) on Friday!

Published in: on August 16, 2005 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

This Weekend

Busy time coming up! Wedding at Clearwater Castle with Midsummer Music on Friday, another with the same group at Wickhamford manor on Saturday afternoon, a blessing of a Gay Relationship on Saturday morning at Holland House, a rehearsal with Donald Hunt and Elgar Chorale on Sunday morning for a concert as part of Three Chiors Festival on Monday, 8th August, morning (on double bass) in St Martin’s Church, Worcester.

At that concert we are performing the premiere of a piece by Howard Blake (of “The Snowman” fame) and he will be there in the audience – as will Dame Janet Baker!

On Monday afternoon I intend to have a snooze!

Published in: on August 2, 2005 at 2:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Those Music Exams

My pupils’ Associated Board exam resluts came the other day. They all did very well – nice for me because the centre was given a pretty awful examiner last time, to the extent that several of us complained about him.

This time we had a very nice lady!

So congratulations to;

Harry – Grade 5 cello – 122 merit
Lois – Grade 3 d.bass – 121 merit
Amy – Grade 2 cello – 126 merit
Ruth – Grade 1 piano – 115 pass AND Grade 1 cello – 131 Distinction
Catherine – Grade 1 singing – 118 pass

Eddie – Grade 2 Theory – 90 Distincion
Amy – Grade 1 Theory – 88 pass Merit
Andrew – Grade 1 Theory – 85 pass Merit

Published in: on August 2, 2005 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment