Category Archives: Musical Direction

Summer Season of Music & Poetry

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Since 2013 when I took on the role of Musical Director at Carleton Ladies Choir, we have put on an annual summer concert that has helped to strengthen community bonds, give local people a performance platform and raised lots and lots of money for local, national and international charities. Unfortunately, as with so many things, we’ve had to cancel this… Read more »

w/c 16th Dec 2019 – FULLY BOOKED

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Hi all. Thanks for checking back on this blog for lesson slot vacancies. Unfortunately, the coming week is already completely fully booked up again. This is, to be fair, partly because I am otherwise engaged with various Christmas-related engagements. One such event is the Women’s Institute North Yorkshire West Federation Christmas Carol Service (try saying that after a few too… Read more »

£475 Raised in Fundraiser Concert

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One of the highlights of being a music teacher is having the opportunity to use my job to help people. And, of course this can come in many forms. On the 1st December, my pupils put on a concert to help raise funds for a little boy I know who needs some special equipment in order to communicate with his… Read more »

Customer Reviews on Google

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Small businesses / services like mine rely on customer feedback and referrals to sustain themselves. So, if you’re a currently one of my students, or if you have used my service in the past, I’d really appreciate you taking a few moments to tell others about your experience: CLICK HERE TO POST A REVIEW ON GOOGLE CLICK HERE TO READ… Read more »

It’s All About You – Backing Track

I recorded the above track for one of my adult students. She wants to sing and record this song by McFly in a key a few steps higher than the original song. There are backing tracks available on YouTube for the song, but as soon as I tried to shift the pitch upwards for my student’s voice, all of the… Read more »

Weekend of Concerts

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There are loads of advantages to the job that I choose to do for a living. Teaching music from home, my commute usually involves walking to the bottom of my staircase and into my music room. I have no boss or anyone else to answer to. I choose my own working hours and take time off whenever it suits me… Read more »

WI Rock Choir’s First Performances

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Because I’m always so busy teaching from my little studio in Skipton, I rarely get chance to promote the events that I am involved with, let alone go on to write about them afterwards.  This year has been a typically busy one, what with playing in the band for Skipton Musical Theatre Company’s run of The Addams Family, Sutton Green… Read more »

Ave Verum – The SSA Choir Parts

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Below are recordings of Mozart’s Ave Verum, with each part emphasised for practise purposes: Sop 1: Your browser does not support the audio element. Sop 2: Your browser does not support the audio element. Alto: Your browser does not support the audio element.  

Colne Festival of Music

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… or to give it it’s full name … The Colne Luther Greenwood Memorial Festival of Music I’m just in the middle of preparing my annual application to participate in the Colne Music Festival with the Carleton Ladies Choir, and it occurred to me that some people might not know very much about it and, even if they were interested… Read more »