I realise it’s a year since my last blog post – apologies. There’s lots of news to catch up on. I submitted my PhD thesis at the end of July; one of the reasons I’ve been out of touch! I completed my lecturing duties at Liverpool Hope University in September 2018 to allow me to concentrate on writing; a rather intense process overall. I’m pleased to have been through it and I am now waiting for my viva voce in autumn.
Teaching at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire is going from strength to strength. Several of my students took theory exams with fantastic results and my piano class students concluded the year with a wonderful performance of Saint-Saëns ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with the Junior Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra. I am very proud of all their achievements. I’ve been working at the Conservatoire for over four years now and it’s great to see students develop and follow their dreams; a couple this year are off to university and music colleges and it’s lovely to share in their excitement. EMAE is going brilliantly – in January the Early Music Youth Orchestra was launched and in April we performed the UK premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s ‘St John Passion’. We had a successful tour to Barcelona in July, where chamber music played a vital part of the programme and the week culminated in an orchestral concert in Barcelona (the photo for this blog is from that concert). It was a fantastic week with brilliant students. There are lots of exciting plans for the next phase, which we are now moving into.
I’ve moved to Staffordshire so I am now central to all the different avenues of my work in Liverpool and Birmingham, and I look forward to generally expanding my work in the North West region. Following the completion of my PhD thesis, I have made the decision to work as a freelance musician. I have work with EMAE and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire regularly as well as exciting projects in the pipeline on a performance footing. These include a talk and recital for the Schubert Institute UK in October this year (more details to follow), recitals in London and workshops in Birmingham. I am really pleased to be back at my piano and enjoying the preparation. There will be additional updates to follow soon, take care for now.