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 »

Update: Lockdown lessons

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Zoom until February Following the government’s announcement at the beginning of this week, my lessons will now be exclusively on Zoom until at least the end of the February half term school holidays. That means that I plan to resume face-to-face lessons from 22nd February, all being well. That said, this is constantly under review and will be shifted again… Read more »

Update: In-person lessons delayed

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Zoom into piano, guitar & ukulele lessons

Happy New Year Here’s to a bright, happy and healthy 2021! With this in mind, I’ve made the decision to delay all face-to-face lessons at my house until February. With the Covid-19 virus currently spreading faster than ever, and government tier regulations being tightened, I feel that it’s important for me to be part of the solution to this pandemic… 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 »