Hey! Remember All The Old Sibelius Start Up Music?!

It was a feature of school music for many of us, and for some it's an ongoing part of our professional lives. The flourishes of Sibelius symphonies which start our music-making sessions give us something to aim for. Thanks Sibelius. Each startup snippet is taken from...

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Contrabassoon Satisfaction

 Bassoons, contra-bassoons... they get a bad rep.   Any amateur or youth orchestra would kill for a decent bassoonist or two, (TWO?! Pinch me!), but for some reason uptake of the instrument in the early years is very low. Can't think why... Who wouldn't want to...

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New Appointment: The Lea Singers

I am delighted to announce that I will be taking up a new post as the conductor of the Lea Singers of Harpenden. I'll be taking over from the wonderful Ben Goodson, who leaves to take up the position of assistant conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, under Hans-Hermann...

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High Note (1960)

This video was removed from YouTube after I first saw it in sixth form and it has JUST resurfaced on Vimeo. I'm so glad to finally have a link to share! This is a fabulous reminder of old-school animated movie techniques: Listen to how perfectly the score has been...

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New Appointment: The Hanover Choir

I am delighted to announce that from March 2016 I will be taking up a new post as the conductor of the Hanover Choir. I'll be taking over from Huw Morgan, who will be emigrating to New Zealand with his wife at the end of 2016. It's an amateur chamber choir of...

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Which Concerto? Bottom Clenching Moments In Musical History

I absolutely had to share this here as soon as I saw it, or at least as soon as I finished watching it several times! Maria Joao Pirez is a world renowned Portuguese concert pianist, who played her first public concerts at the age of 5. This clip is taken from a...

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£15,000 New Grant For Ermine Music

We're delighted to announce that Ermine Music has been awarded a further £15,000 from the Church and Communities Fund to continue their work improving access to the arts in the Lincoln area. This money will be used to expand and improve the service, which currently...

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