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12/02/2019

Blogtime!

Pianist

And about time too, I hear you cry.  Well, maybe I don’t, but here’s my first blog, anyway.  (My!!).  It’s been a busy start to 2019, in the thick of rehearsals for Nine To Five with Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company, performing next month at the Town Hall, and I’ve just been lucky enough to join Serenata Ladies’ Voices as accompanist – fabulous repertoire, lovely people, and plenteous supplies of cake at rehearsal.  Me, I’m a serious professional, as you can tell.

I’ve increased my piano student rosta, and am enjoying the challenge of bringing on varying standards and abilities of adult & school age students.  The children are great – most of them are like pocket philosophers, and great company to boot.

A couple of diplomas are also claiming a lot of my practice time, with the challenge of Faure’s 2nd ‘cello sonata (1st movement only) and the slow movement of  the Rachmaninov sonata too – Rachmaninov’s special blend of pathos and drama, with a Big Tune and a Brief Encounter moment.  Bliss.  There’s also some Vivaldi, and a new piece to me – Holst’s Invocation; a strongly recommended listen if you don’t already know it.  Getting my fix of English and French song for a soprano, with Gurney’s Sleep, some Michael Head, Faure (he’s popping up again, I see), Berlioz and Roger Quilter.

Somewhere in all that I’ve got to fit my daughter’s wedding in……..  Watch this e-space.