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How Cool

People can sign up to be emailed when I do a post. How very very cool. So I’m testing it by putting Sarah’s new tune up.

Yay Yay Yay.

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concerts, gigs, it’s all go

So many things going on at the moment. 2 student concerts at MAC in less than 3 weeks. Then about 20 students doing exams within the next 4 weeks and then it’s all about my stuff.

Yes, I will be performing again. I am putting together a new cabaret show for the Moseley Festival and Artsfest. Very exciting. Will be about new motherhood and some of the joys (and not such joys) that it entails.

Also going to start performing my original songs again.

And… I start rehearsals for Sondheim’s Compay at the Crescent Theatre on 6th June. Very exciting.

Now I have to find a way to describe the cabaret show in 25 words that makes it sound interesting without sounding daft. Hmmmm.

and did I mention planning Matt and I’s wedding in 6 months. It can be done (if only choir would be nice and learn the songs I want them to sing at the cermony and not quibble if they like them).

Next Concert

I’m putting on another student concert. It will be on 19 June 2010 at the Hexagon Theatre at MAC. It’s particularly exciting as MAC has been closed for refurbishment for about 2 years and, having seen inside, I can report it’s gorgeous. It doesn’t even open till May 1st so this does feel very special.

Singers Session

Title: Singers Session
Location: Dog Pool Hotel (formerly Hibernian) Back Room/Venue, 1034 Pershore Road, Selly Park, B29 7PX
Link out: Click here
Description: If you secretly want to sing in public but are terrified……
If you are an experienced singer who wants to try out new material.
If you you want to get a reaction to a new idea…
Come along to this open mic session.

Bring lyrics and charts, a backing track or a guitar chords, or better still someone to accompany you. I will provide a mic, amp keyboard, cd player and a cable where you can plug in your i-pod/mp3 player. If the chords are simple I can try to accompany you (although my playing is not the best).

£2 on the door although if turn out is good enough I will refund performer\’s payments.

Turn up early if you want to be sure of a chance to sing.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2009-11-29
End Time: 19:00

Motherhood

Motherhood is proving pleasurable but very time consuming.  Things are slow on the teaching and performing but watch this space and when I get time I will be putting on a singers session and teaching again.

Also I am looking forward to hearing my choir sing my arrangements in December.

Singers Session

Title: Singers Session
Location: Dog Pool Hotel (formerly Hibernian)
Link out: Click here
Description: If you secretly want to sing in public but are terrified……
If you are an experienced singer who wants to try out new material.
If you you want to get a reaction to a new idea…
Come along to this open mic session.

Bring lyrics and charts, a backing track or a guitar chords, or better still someone to accompany you. I will provide a mic, amp keyboard, cd player and a cable where you can plug in your i-pod/mp3 player. If the chords are simple I can try to accompany you (although my playing is not the best).

£1 on the doorfor audience members. Performers free.

Turn up early if you want to be sure of a chance to sing.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2009-07-12
End Time: 19:00

Singing Session

Title: Singing Session
Location: Dog Pool Hotel (formerly Hibernian) Back Room/Venue
Link out: Click here
Description: If you secretly want to sing in public but are terrified……
If you are an experienced singer who wants to try out new material.
If you you want to get a reaction to a new idea…
Come along to this open mic session.

Bring lyrics and charts, a backing track or a guitar, or better still someone to accompany you. I will provide a mic, amp keyboard, cd player and a cable where you can plug in your i-pod/mp3 player. If the chords are simple I can try to accompany you (although my playing is not the best).

£2 on the door although if turn out is good enough I will refund performer\’s payments.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2009-06-14
End Time: 19:00

Sharing session for singers

I have an idea in the fruition of putting on monthly sessions where singers can come along and sing a song for each other.  I will be finding a venue soon but at the moment I want it to be in a room in a pub or somewhere minors can attend.  I think ideally it would be a church but the best time to do it is Sunday 4 – 6 or 5 – 7 so a church is out. I’m thinking of doing it on 14 June but nothing is set in stone yet.

I like the idea that people can turn up with simple guitar chords or a backing track and get to perform.  I know it would be good for lots of my students so I am sure there are other folks out there that would benefit from it too.

Let me know if you have any ideas of where to do it.

A Well Deserved Break

It’s been a crazy few weeks.  Working 18 days without a break, student concert, choir competition, the BVA Fundamentals 10 week course and a lovely lot of new private students.

The more I think on the concert the more proud I am.  The videos are great and everyone did themselves proud.  A very kind man has seperated each performance and also recorded them so there are sound recordings.  If you want a copy of your performance then either give me a DVD or bring a memory stick with a load of space to your lesson so I can give you a copy.

The BVA course was fantastic although travelling to London each Sunday for nearly 3 months was a killer.  I went to the course thinking that I knew a fair bit but now all I am aware of is how much I don’t know.  That said it is great to know how I know so much more than a year ago.  It is wonderfully empowering learning how little you know and knowing that you actually know so much.

The BBS Close Harmony Choir were awesome at Music for Youth.  In the words of Mrs Ruston they went to a whole new level.  I don’t care if we get through the competition, I just know that their performance was amazing.  For a choir that has been going since September and has had on average 40 mins practice about 20 times if not less.

Now I am in a position to relax and concentrate on my ALCM in teaching on 15th and the gig I’m doing with Gav at Heartlands on 14th.   Really pleased that Sophie is able to come with me to my exam to be my student for my “live leson” and that I am able to thank her getting her a special stage seat, next to the performers, at Spring Awakening.