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Musician and Guinness World Record Flautist

When The Going Gets Tough

I love my job.  In the past few days I have gone back to what I sometimes feel I do best – teaching, and I hope inspiring.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t taught at all during the past 6 months.  I have – via Zoom – but it was wonderful to see those students today…
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With A Little Bit Of Luck!

I know so many talented individuals – composers, performers, actors, designers, directors etc.  But how come so few, if any, of these people have received the recognition that they deserve? Why has their talent not catapulted them to the top of their professions? Recently I was looking through some of my old CDs.  I like…
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From Ravaloe to Salzburg…. Via Warwick and Panto Land

Never let it be said that the life of a musician is a boring one.  We have all the problems of everyday life (such as a very poorly car at the moment that is off the road) but mixed in with all the mundane is the wonder of an eclectic array of musical outings.  This…
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Practice makes Perfect!

Practice. Such a small word for such an important thing.  To be good at anything you have to practice.  I totally admit that I don’t get to practice as much as I should or want to.  The instrument that probably receives the least practice is the piano, and yet this was always my first love. …
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Go And Get A Proper Job!

These are words that many self-employed and freelance artists hear. I gave up what some would consider a ‘proper job’ to do what I do now.  As a Head of Expressive Arts in a secondary school I would leave the house at 7.15am to get to work for 8am. I would teach during the day,…
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Feel The Love

There was no blog last week due to our holiday in the wonderful Isle of Wight.  I miss it already. This week’s blog has been very difficult to write.  I am, by nature, a ‘cup half full’ person, as apposed to half empty, but there have been a number of things over the past few…
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Where Is Your Go To Place?

We all need somewhere special that is our ‘go to place’, whether that is a holiday destination, a place closer to home or for some a place in their mind that makes them feel safe.  For me, my ‘go to place’ is where I recharge my batteries, gain inspiration and dream of a possible future. …
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The Greatest Show on Earth?

I have loved musicals since I was a child and went with my mum to see local amateur theatre groups putting on shows.  These days I am often at my happiest sitting in the pit for a show, rather than in the audience.  I love nothing more than listening to the performance, often taking place…
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Keep it Live!!

It has been a busy week in our house ……… or rather, we have been out and about quite a lot, exploring music in its many guises. I read an interesting fact on twitter this week. One t-shirt purchased from a merchandise stand at a gig is the equivalent of 5000 streams on Spotify.  76%…
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Guinness World Record? Again? Are you MAD!!!!!!!!

This weekend marks 2 years since I became the Guinness World Record Holder of the Longest Flute Marathon (by an individual).  I have to be totally honest and say that there are times when I hardly believe it myself. Not that it has been 2 years, but that I did it at all…………. for a…
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