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Update: Music Theory / Composition

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The vast majority of my students first and foremost learn some musical performance skill: how to play piano / guitar / ukulele / bass or to sing. Along the way, most inevitably encounter issues of music theory. Theory is, after all, a lot to do with the written language of music – how we communicate our musical ideas to one… Read more »

Update: National Music Lessons

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Private Music Lessons Across Britain I think we can all agree that this Covid pandemic is having a pretty negative impact on most of our lives, and an absolutely devastating one on some of the less fortunate people around the world. Certainly, we have concerns about how it’s impacting on our son – at his age he should be visiting… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 25

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Carleton Ladies Choir: Do You Hear What I Hear For many of us 2020 has been a tough year, but I sincerely hope that things get much better for everyone in 2021. Let’s also spare a thought for those people around the world who have nowhere safe and warm to rest their heads, not enough food to eat, and no… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 24

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Chrissee Platt: Twas the Night Before Christmas One to sit and watch with your kids this Christmas Eve! These videos are produced in aid of UNICEF If you are able, please give generously to UNICEF using the button below. The link takes you through to my JustGiving page, and every penny given there will go to helping make the lives… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 23

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Anne Nolan: O Come All Ye Faithful It’s the familiar Christmas carol, but perhaps not as you know it. Anne plays it here as a jazz piano solo, and it sounds absolutely stunning. Reminds me of sitting in a pub next to a cosy fire sipping mulled wine! Mmmm!!! The Tuck Family: The Halsway Carol I’d never heard this piece… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 22

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Linda Critchley (and Debra Baines): When a Child is Born I’ve said it before, and I’ll say is it again – Carleton Ladies Choir is full of talented people!! Linda plays rhythm guitar here while singing this lovely 1976 pop son, and she recorded the guitar solo part separately. Debra reads the poem in the middle. Wonderful! These videos are… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 21

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Cast of SMTC: We Need a Little Christmas This video was made by a selection of the cast from the Skipton Musical Theatre Company, and produced by Laura Lipscombe and Dawn Feather. I think it’s absolutely brilliant and just what we need in these crazy 2020 times! (You may also have spotted this song on the Strictly Come Dancing Final… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 20

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Helen Oates: ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ There are two or three well known melodies for this carol, but I think this one is my favourite. Helen Oates (who performs with Skipton Musical Theatre Company) sings it beautifully here. These videos are produced in aid of UNICEF If you are able, please give generously to UNICEF using the button below. The… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 19

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CLC Quintet: A Maiden Most Gentle Five of our members from Carleton Ladies Choir learned and performed this rather tricky carol, accompanied here by Peter Gunn playing the organ of St Mary’s Church, Carleton. These videos are produced in aid of UNICEF If you are able, please give generously to UNICEF using the button below. The link takes you through… Read more »

CLC Virtual Advent Day 18

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The Lower 6th: It’s Going to be a Covid Christmas Without You I consider it to be possibly the best thing about our choir that it has initiated some beautiful friendships. Members of Carleton Ladies who had never met before joining the group now consider themselves the best of friends and, in some cases, even go on holidays together. Plus,… Read more »