Review of 2014 Thu, Jan 01, 2015

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I was slightly horrified to realise that I hadn’t posted an entry for months - 6 to be precise. As some of you will know, the latter half off 2014 was immensely difficult as we struggled with parents being ill and then the sudden death of my 14 year old niece in September.
looking back, 2014 is a year that I would like to forget for those reasons but at least where Stringbabies is concerned, it has been a pretty good year. So I will reflect a little on the good things that happened in the second half of 2014.

Stringbabies for Viola was finally published in October and the reception of it was very encouraging. I was thrilled to be able to persuade Richard Williamson, Principal violist with the Manchester Camerata, to record the viola parts on the CD of accompaniments.
Having been shortlisted for the Rhinegold Music Teacher Awards for Excellence for a second year, I was delighted to find myself on another shortlist in December, this time for the BBC a Community Heroes Awards in Education.  I was a Bridesmaid yet again, but one of the big perks was recording a 5 minute interview and it being aired on BBC radio 6 times over a 3 week period.
Teacher training by SKYPE was trialled over the last 3 months of the year and it now exists as an option for teachers who are not able to make any of the teacher training events. It will be of particular usefulness to teachers abroad and it has been an enormous pleasure to gain our first registered Stringbabies teacher in the USA. If you want to know more, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
One of our teachers went to great effort to raise money for charity during 2014. Each year, we try to raise money through sponsored events and concerts and this year Audrey Gullick’s students in Taunton raised £500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
So..looking forward to 2015. Exciting news came in just before Christmas that Yvette Madden, Stringbabies coordinator with Surrey Arts had been promoted to Lead Professional for Strings.. She starts her post in a few days and we are thrilled for her, especially as she is going to be one of our new teacher trainers. Two teacher training events are scheduled in the first 5 weeks of this year in West Sussex and Manchester and we will be preparing to be at the Music Education Expo at the Barbican in March…more about that later.

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