Sparkling Bradford

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Several of my students participated in this year’s ‘Sparkling Bradford’ – an ad campaign to promote Bradford city centre as a Christmas shopping destination. You can hear their voices on the video above – it will be showing in prominent locations in the region, including at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Young Musician Competition

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ROTARY CLUB OF KEIGHLEY YOUNG MUSICIAN COMPETITION Keighley Shared Church (Church Green – just behind the Market) Saturday, December 1st 2018 2.00 pm for 12 and under; 3.30 pm for older age groups. Open to solo instrumentalists and vocalists. There are three age groups: 12 and under,13 to 15,16 to 18. All ages are as at 31st August 2019. The… 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.  

ABRSM Guitar Syllabus from 2019

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Last week I received in the post my copy of the ABRSM syllabus for (classical) guitar – a little booklet outlining everything candidates and teachers need to know about guitar exams for this board from 2019 onward. In truth, very little has changed on the guitar specification from previous years: all the exercises (scales, arpeggios etc.), sight reading and aural… Read more »

School of Rock

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I know that I’m 15 years behind, but today I finally got around to watching Jack Black in School of Rock.  Of course, I already had a fairly good idea of what to expect in terms of plot, but I must say that I was blown away by the film: a riot of silliness,dissent and Tenacious D style rock music! … Read more »

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 »

Student Stats – A Wide Range of Ages / Abilities!

I’m very often asked whether someone is too old / too young / good enough etc to start taking lessons with me.  And, the answer usually goes along the lines of that anybody can get a great deal of enjoyment from learning an instrument or developing their singing voice, and the degree to which each individual should expect to progress… Read more »

Oxfam Fundraiser Music Festival

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Live Music All Day! Check this gig out: From 12:00 on Saturday 8th September, at the Heart Centre in Headingley, Leeds, there’ll be loads of live music.  It’s a fundraiser for Oxfam, and a full price day ticket is only £15.  There’ll be food and drink, music workshops for children, two stages with a wide variety of musical acts performing. … Read more »

Rockschool Vocals – Wider Repertoire

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Students wishing to sit vocal exams with Rockschool are required to purchase a book containing all the exercises that need to be prepared, plus the music and backing tracks for six songs at the specified grade (and also split according to gender).  But, if you read carefully, students can actually choose to sing alternative pieces, either of their own selection… Read more »