Oh wad some power the Giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!

Sometimes the kids I teach just take the wind out of my sails.

I was working with a young girl last week who had just started at the school. It was her first lesson with me, she didn’t know her way round the school or where she should be next and she spent most of the lesson saying negative things like “I’m not very good at this” or “I won’t be able to play that”.

At the end of her lesson, one of my older pupils came in. I turned to her and asked her to reassure the little one that I am not in the habit of eating my pupils.

“No” she said, “you…just…well…you sort of… fluff them up!”


Published in: on September 21, 2007 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Term Begins

It’s September.

Putting the puzzle of which school, when, for how long, together, is always like trying to do a jigsaw without a picture to go by and then finding you have either too few, or too many, pieces!

This year – it’s too many! Several of my schools want me for more time than last year (or want me to change day – or haven’t got a room for me on the day I CAN get there!) AND I have a waiting list for private teaching. In some ways it’s a nice position to be in (especially having just moved and taken on a bigger mortgage!) but it can also be a bit frustrating.

This coming weekend Sunday September 9th at 7.45pm This is an unusual time for CHANDOS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to have a concert. The more usual May one was postponed till now so that our resident conductor, Michael Lloyd could be with us.

The programme – Elgar Overture “In the South”, Rachmaninov 3rd Symphony and a querky piece for Marimba and orchestra by Keiko ABE, which is spectacular to watch as well as to listen to. The soloist, Chandos Young Musician of the year 2006, Yin-Shan Hsieh (known to us as Eva) is so tiny that it’s hard to believe the amount of sound she can produce from the instrument. There are moments of violent aggression and yet moments of extreme beauty and total control of a pianissimo sound.

It should be an interesting variety of music on offer!

Published in: on September 4, 2007 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment