The Christmas season is upon us. It’s been a whirlwind of a month, and we’re now at the end of term and hanging the stockings ready for Santa.

Lecturing at the University of Liverpool culminated with the intonation assessments, the students learnt how to tune the harpsichord very well and became more aware of their own tuning too. The term at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire ended with the annual Christmas quiz during the theory classes and some festive piano duets too. My students this term have worked really hard and continue to develop their musicianship and theory skills. In particular this term there are several final year students who have received offers from universities and music colleges for the exciting next chapter of their lives. EMAE in Liverpool is going from strength-to-strength: the concert in London was a great success and the primary programme has got off to a fantastic start. The three schools I am working with are all extremely supportive with lovely pupils who are enjoying their new musical adventures.

The concert in Solihull with Ruth Hopkins went well and we really enjoyed working together, we’re planning some new ventures in 2020 so watch this space. I’m also working on some repertoire with a cellist in London, including Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata and Haydn’s Cello Concerto. I am learning some new piano repertoire, including Chopin Studies as well as some Beethoven and Schubert. The latter continues to be central to my research, exciting ventures ahead with recordings and performance opportunities exploring historical keyboard instruments.

2020 promises to be a year filled with music and new adventures in lecturing and performance. I am enjoying freelance life and all the exciting new ventures it is presenting. Wishing you and yours all best wishes for 2020, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

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