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A Poolside Proms Challenge

I’ve embarked on a challenge – to listen to every BBC Prom concert this year, something made possible by the power of technology and the wonderful service the BBC provide. I won’t be able to listen live. Four children and … Continue reading

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Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Concert

Click/touch the link below for a poster for a poster to this concert in aid of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust – the National Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in memory of The Few. August poster print Trumpet Jeremy

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A Novel Recommendation

David Worsley recently asked me if I’d read An Equal Music by Vikram Seth. David had been listening to our string quartet practising before a rehearsal and it reminded him of it. Well, the answer was that yes, I had … Continue reading

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Goodbye and thank you to Ashford Sinfonia

Always good for a giggle, Still, we work hard on our pieces, Having a go, Forgetting to play the sharps and flats, Oh good, I got that bit right, Remembering to watch Wes, Dynamics – what are they again? Sleigh … Continue reading

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An interesting visit

For reasons too complicated to tell here, I recently had need of a new 3rd string for my cello. (Note the avoidance of the alternative name, for those of a more irreverent turn of mind!) Googling for local suppliers brought … Continue reading

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Bum Notes from the Brass

When are passages difficult? We began the rehearsal with the 1st movement of Mendlesohn’s #3. We got as far as the 8th bar and started again, and again, and yet again. Why? Because Wes thought that we were not good … Continue reading

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Our Greek Family Odyssey

My sister Susan Elkin and I have mentioned before that at the heart of our musical background was our folk-fiddling father. In August 1966 he was invited to lead the band for a dance group to an international 10 day … Continue reading

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