ponderings and passions

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

Jun 13, 2011 Stringbabies Fundraising appeal 2011

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For the very first time, I decided to dedicate a few weeks to encouraging Stringbabies pupils & teachers to raise money for a worthy cause.

Mar 15, 2011 Tales from recent travels

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I am being kept out of mischief with plenty of festivals to adjudicate at as well as mentoring at regional festivals for the National Festival of Music for Youth.

Dec 09, 2010 Just before Christmas hits us

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I intend this to be the last in my flurry of blogs for 2010. Christmas is nearly upon us….
I am very pleased to welcome a new partner - Thornbury Music studios near Guildford in Surrey. [follow this link for information about Stringbabies partnerships]

We have gained quite a few teacher members too - nicely spread throughout the UK. I have been receiving some wonderful feedback from teachers and hope to include a few anecdotes over coming months.

Dec 06, 2010 Following on…..

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Short blog this time..
Laura Griffin, Manager of Teaching & Learning at Surrey Arts said I should put the office phone number on the website, as they are very happy to talk to others about the Stringbabies project.

Dec 03, 2010 It’s snowing! Time to write a blog!

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This is the second winter in a row like this. I have lived down here for nearly 21 years and can recall only 1 or 2 cold snaps in all that time. The scene outside reminds me of my my childhood in Yorkshire, where such weather was common in winter.

That’s beside the point - I have no pupils to teach so I can catch up with a little news.

About 3 weeks ago I went to visit the Stringbabies project in Surrey along with the Manager for Teaching & Learning at Surrey Arts, Laura Griffin…

Oct 01, 2010 A rather nice surprise

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The new academic year got off to a rather interesting start this year, as I received an email from Rhinegold publishing to inform me that a ‘glowing’ review of the cello books would be appearing in the October issue of ‘Music Teacher’ magazine. You can imagine my surprise has I had not even submitted the books for review!

Jul 20, 2010 A new chapter

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I’m really pleased to announce that Surrey Arts are set to become the first music service in the UK to take Stringbabies into their provision of instrumental lessons.

There seems to be a trend developing for beginning to start string players at an earlier stage than has been the case for years and of course it makes perfect sense to do so! Surrey will be using Stringbabies with children from Reception up to year 2 (age 4 to 6) and they have been very busy recruiting budding young cellists & violinists!

I have Yvette Madden, a good friend and Surrey Arts teacher to thank largely for this exciting development as she has worked enthusiastically with Cellobabies, from the very first and has reaped the same encouraging results as myself and other colleagues.  The staff involved at Surrey are incredibly enthusiastic & motivated so this promises to be good! At the time of writing there has been significant interest from four other services - more news to follow as and when!

What is particularly nice is that I started my career with Surrey Music Service, as Surrey Arts were then known.

Finally, Edition 3 of the Cello & Violin books are now with the publishers, Verite Press. I finished the books nearly 2 weeks ahead of schedule and was so relieved once we had the proofs signed off!

Feb 25, 2010 Books update

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It has been a really hectic start to 2010. Having given presentations for Surrey Arts, Exeter Young Strings and most recently at an inter-authority day in Kilmarnock, Scotland, I have had plenty to keep me going!

Before I take to the road for a string of festivals, I thought now would be a good a time as any to post an update on books. The Cellobabies & Violinbabies books are being revised, in line with the new Violababies book and I hope to have these ready to go out by September. I have already started an older student’s version of the Cello book (for starters) as I have been asked several times and it seems that teachers are using the ‘Babies’ books with ages 3 to adult!!

The first few pages of ‘Pianobabies’ are coming off the computer now and going to 2 lovely teachers who want to try them out. So all in all - a busy time!

Nov 17, 2009 Time to draw breath….

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It has been a really busy time since the last post. Workshops in Cumbria & Scotland – festivals – concerts & the teaching (most important!) Not to forget, the completion of ‘Violababies’, which was released last month.

Apr 02, 2009 Happy Easter

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Phew! The Easter break is just around the corner, giving me a little time to write an update!
I have been bombing around the UK doing festivals mostly and being refreshed as well as inspired by the many musicians I have met and the colleagues I have worked alongside.

Jan 14, 2009 Happy New Year

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Happy New to you all. Sorry I haven’t written for a while!

Jun 13, 2008 Viola players ahoy!

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Just a few weeks after my visit to Exeter, I received a call from Kirsty Hugill telling me of plans to start a viola student off with Violinists and cellists in September and asking me if the Viola version of Violinbabies is under way.

May 24, 2008 my new website

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welcome to the Violinbabies website, constructed by my Website designer extraordinaire Geoff Adams!

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