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Big Sing Finale, Dunedin, August 2013

What’s the Big Sing Finale in Dunedin all about, then? It’s about 23 of the best young choirs in New Zealand coming together for one big three-day-long fiesta of showing each other what they’re chorally made of …..

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Autumn Sounds

Here’s another Autumn/Harvest assembly-suitable poem I wrote with a Year 2 class once. They recited the poem and made up music to go with each line.

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Autumn Orchestra

I’ve been asked a few times by colleagues and others to provide ideas for Harvest or Autumn assemblies. Here’s one of my favourites.

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Lupset Tuesdays

Off I’ve popped every Tuesday for the last 18 months from my riverside, countryside, fireside haven of a house in Northumberland into the urban heart of Yorkshire to spin my yarns of musical exploration with the youngsters of Lupset. Sometimes there’s been flooding on the line, or excessive snow, or a trip to New Zealand […]

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Out Of The Blue Composing Thrills

There’s nothing more thrilling for this composer than finding out about recent or upcoming performances of your pieces. This happened to me in New Zealand recently….and I got to meet the performers!