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Welcome to 2015!

So, as the first year at Peebles Road draws to a close, we have many things to look forward to in the first ten days of 2015.

On 3rd January there will be a meeting of the Lincolnshire branch of the Society of Recorder Players

Instrumental lessons start again on 5th January, with many students preparing for the next batch of ABRSM examinations in February. I hope they’ve enjoyed their two-week break!

Rehearsals also begin again for Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group as they choose their programme for the 2015 Lincoln Music Festival, held in March.

On 9th January there will be an event hosted by Beacon Arts Project featuring an Installation with which I was involved.

January 10th sees the next rehearsal of the London Recorder Orchestra as we continue to work through this season’s challenging programme.

What a great start to the year! Let’s hope it continues in the same way…

School’s Out!

It may be the end of another school year, but lessons are continuing over the summer. I will be away for one week in August, but will be available for lessons the rest of the time. This is particularly useful for my adult students who have no connection with school term dates, but it also avoids the ‘big gap’ in lessons that can be disruptive for my younger students.

End of Term Report?

Well, we have reached the end of our first term at Peebles Road. General opinion seems to be that it’s a big improvement – even though they can no longer play with the fridge magnets! The three new students also seem to be settling in well…

Within weeks of moving, we had our first visit from the Associated Board examiner. The new exam room seemed to work well, and eleven violin/viola students took their exams – all of them successfully! Very well done to all of them!
Special mention must be made of Emma, who was awarded a Distinction in her first exam, just a few months after she started playing!

Now that the exams are over, I am hoping to organise an informal concert to give all students a chance to perform. Details will be available in our newsletter, “Peebles Post”, as soon as they are available.

Location, location!

New Year, New Location! Our new premises give us better facilities for both teaching and publishing – very exciting! We are still in Newark so contact details remain the same.

We arrived at our new home on Saturday and are frantically unpacking boxes in order to be ready to teach tomorrow – we look forward to welcoming you shortly!

Season’s Greetings!

Wishing a very Merry Christmas 2013 to all my students – past, present and future!

New Beginnings…

It’s that time of year again, when the shops are full of ‘Back to School’ displays and students, young and older, return from their summer breaks. Most have had (at least) a few lessons over the summer but some will return ready to remove the rust from their playing.

I am excited to be welcoming at least four new students at home, in addition to several more in school. Some are just beginning their musical journey, while others are rejoining the path after an extended break – all are welcome!

The Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group will return to their weekly sessions and are already planning their next performance, in November. Similarly, the London Recorder Orchestra will be starting the new season.

September is a great time to start something new. Learning an instrument, or joining a new group is the best way to pass the winter evenings…

London Recorder Orchestra Concert

On Saturday evening, the London Recorder Orchestra gave their Summer Concert at the Holy Apostles Catholic Church Hall, in Pimlico.

The orchestra played a full and varied programme of music, ranging from medieval to modern. My personal highlight was a performance of ‘Songs of the Woodlands’ by Nicholas Wynne for which we were joined by the soloist, Catherine Jennaway for a world premiere!

The playing was very well received by a most appreciative audience, some of whom had never heard a recorder orchestra before. They were amazed by the sound of around forty, high-level players and, of course, fascinated by the sight of the great-bass and contra-bass recorders.

The London Recorder Orchestra usually has 30-40 members but always welcomes new players. Prospective members should have a good standard of playing and sight-reading and be prepared to play any of the usual sizes of recorder (descant, treble, tenor or bass) as required. Players of larger instruments (great bass and contrabass recorders) are particularly welcome.

The orchestra normally rehearses from 10.30am – 1pm on the second Saturday of each month. Rehearsals are held at Macaulay School, Victoria Rise, Clapham, London SW4. The new season will begin in September – after a well-deserved summer break! Do get in touch if you would like to join us…