As the Summer months progress I’m continuing to work from home, with the academic term finished my attention is turning to research and performance projects.

The Virtual Piano Duet Concert at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire was a great success. All students contributed and the thirty plus duets were edited together to create a brilliant virtual concert on Zoom. I’ve put a taster video together for you to enjoy, it includes excerpts from four of the duets:

As we plan for the next academic year there are still a lot of unknowns regarding what we will be able to do. The one thing which is certain, is that music will continue one way or another!

I launched a pilot initiative for my theory students at the Junior Conservatoire this term too. A chance for them to ‘graduate’ with an idea of their academic and theory level ready for the next chapter of their journey. All the students who took part passed and did incredibly well. The positive feedback received will hopefully mean we can further this initiative next year.

In other news, I’m looking forward to joining the music staff at the University of Liverpool on a permanent contract from September. It fits in with my other professional work, so I can continue working at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as well as pursuing my own research and performance projects. I can’t wait to start, with lots of exciting times ahead.

In the immediate future my attention is turning to research and performance projects. I’ve got some new repertoire to learn and Schubert analysis to complete. I’m also starting to venture out to see friends in gardens for some socially distanced catch-ups. 

Continue to stay safe, take care and keep smiling.

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