Summer is here!

The academic year came to a close at Liverpool Hope University and the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. It was a nostalgic day leaving the old Conservatoire building, I’ve known it since I was 13! It’s a very exciting time working at the Conservatoire and moving into the new building in September.

A project I’ve been working with had its launch here in Liverpool on 1st July. It’s a new charity based in Merseyside. The aim is to provide new musical opportunities to secondary school students, providing them with new opportunities for performance and contacts with other schools. The launch went fantastically with lots of positive feedback following the wonderful concert.

I took a two week holiday at the beginning of July (part of the reason for being out of touch). I road tripped around England to catch up with various friends and family, and also saw places I had not previously visited. I attended some fabulous concerts along the way, from ‘Kings of Leon’ in Hyde Park to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in York. It was lovely to have a change of scenery and come back to Liverpool ready to concentrate on my research for a few months with no other distractions.

My research is going well. I had my annual review at the end of June and all is on track. I spent a few days in Oxford mid-June for research, reading primary piano treatises from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I am in the midst of writing two chapters of my thesis at the moment. The first is the Literature Review and the second concerns my methodology and interpretation of the primary sources read in Oxford, both chapters are planned fully and the writing has started.

In other news, I became an Aunty for the first time in June to an absolutely gorgeous, very smiley, happy baby boy. A couple of weeks ago I gave him his first piano concert, the programme ranged from Schubert to Scott Joplin. My nephew smiled the whole time – I think we have another music lover in the family.

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