ponderings and passions

A set of occasional notes about Stringbabies, music festival adjudication and other things that I’m interested in:

Sep 30, 2013 A new academic year and a new partner!

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I was shocked to realise that it has been quite a few months since my last blog entry! So although it is the start of a new academic year, I have resolved to try to write updates a little more often.

May 22, 2013 In Harmony Sistema England

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At the beginning of the month I was privileged to attend a publicity event hosted by Julian Lloyd Webber, the trustees and staff of In Harmony Sistema England.

Apr 23, 2013 The Stringbabies Roll of Honour!

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Rather later than I would have liked to, I am reporting back on the second Stringbabies Fundraising event.
Through a combination of sponsored practices, concerts and gifts, a total of £667.50 was raised for The Children’s Trust in Tadworth.
The next event, when it is organised, will be to raise funds for the NSPCC.
Special thanks to the following people:

Feb 19, 2013 New Edition Cello & Violin Books

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Today I have given my publishers the go ahead to start the first print run of the New Edition Cello & Violin books!

Jan 22, 2013 New from the BBC

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A real treat for the start of 2013 was to be invited to previews of two major music programmes by the BBC.
The first one of these is Howard Goodall’s ‘Story of Music’. It is a six part series of hour long programmes being broadcast on BBC 2 starting Saturday January 26th and is being supported with complimentary programming on Radio 3 and online resources for teachers.
I shall blog about the second series later.

Nov 22, 2012 Rosins and Recorders

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It has been a very hectic couple of months and 2013 promises to be no less so.

However, there have been two particularly exciting developments to report - one concerning Rosins and the other of interest to recorder players!

Sep 06, 2012 About composers…

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I have plenty to write about over the next few weeks but wanted to kick off the new academic year by mentioning a Stringbabies teacher who is also beginning to make her name as a composer.

May 10, 2012 Lots of activity!

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So much has happened since Easter that I thought it was time to write a brief account!

The day after arriving home from a break in the Yorkshire Dales I was up at Westminster, meeting the Shadow Culture Minister, Dan Jarvis MP, at his offices. It was a wonderful opportunity to share with Dan about my work and to also discuss the National Plan for Music Education (NPME).

Mar 07, 2012 Musicbabies & Pianobabies

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It has been a frantically busy start to 2012.

I’ve been kept busy with three proposed music hubs which Stringbabies is involved with and supporting two wonderful new partner schools in West Sussex.

Writing has unfortunately had to go on the back burner for a few weeks but I am looking forward to getting back to writing after Easter. Here is where things are up to….

Dec 01, 2011 National Plan for Music Education

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The long awaited National Plan for Music Education (NPME)was released on last Friday.

In it, the government re-affirm their commitment to music education and this is good news indeed.

Like many of my colleagues in the music education business, I am sifting through the fine detail but what is very apparent is the strong emphasis on early years music and opportunities for instrumental tuition from the age of 5 years.

Oct 27, 2011 Stringbabies in Surrey Arts

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A year on from becoming partners, Stringbabies in Surrey Arts is going very well.  A very interesting article on the project is on the Incorporated Society of Musicians website.

Sep 21, 2011 Stringbabies goes South West

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The Stringbabies family is spreading. At the beginning of this term Music Cornwall (formerly Cornwall Music service) became Partners.

Sep 19, 2011 Bassbabies on the way

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I had a lovely 2 weeks in France during August. No internet or TV….just sunshine, a swimming pool, a piano and lots of books to read.
The emails hit me as soon as we landed on the British coast…nearly 200 of them.

Jul 21, 2011 A partner School in West Sussex

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At the end of another academic year I am pleased to announce our first West Sussex partner in Amberley Church of England First School.

Jun 30, 2011 A new Partner

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At the start of a new month, I am pleased to announce that Stringbabies also has a new partner. Stringbabies will be appearing in Scotland in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama’s Musicworks centre in North Ayrshire.

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