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Revisiting Tam O’Shanter and Lanercost, March 2019

There’s a lot on in March with concerts and workshops, but still, my intention during this month is to create a set of songs for choir only from my DMus portfolio setting of Tam O’Shanter, and to embark on a composition inspired by Lanercost Priory. Keep up with the progress most days right here!

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Musical Advent Calendar 2018

My annual Musical Advent Calendar has been going for a few years now, and seems to be popular with friends, family and a few people I don’t know too. here’s the latest version: festive music by me or at least in which I’ve had a hand and snippets of news as well!

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Remembering Australia. November 2018

November is my favourite month. It starts with an important remembrance and performance and ends with a big rush to get ready for Advent and in between there are important birthdays to celebrate. Hopefully there’ll be composing along the way.

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War And Music Activities

These activities for use in schools have served me well over the last 25 years of working in classrooms as a composer and teacher. The first set here all use a war-related song as their starting point.

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In The Filing Cabinet – October 2018

With no workshops booked in for this month and all the remembrance and Christmas music sorted for choir, it’s the perfect opportunity to continue my process of sorting through the filing cabinet of teaching goodies and sharing some on here!

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Singing In The Shower. September 2018

September starts with lots of cleaning, visits, birthdays, music still to finish, concerts to prepare for, hospital visits. One of the songs I am in the process of composing is called “Not The Kind Of Song You’d Sing In The Shower”. Follow its progress here in what is already a busy month.

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A Line In The Sand. August 2018

August marks the end of the old choir year and the beginning of the new, and I’m intending that it also marks in my mind a new start with the composing which I’ve struggled with in recent weeks. I have new songs to write for specific purposes so the foundations stones are there.

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July Camping

July will be dominated by the installation of a new kitchen and bathroom. It had already started in June and will continue through the entire month. Music has to be composed too. It simply has to be!