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Musician and Guinness World Record Flautist

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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‘I Hate Classical Music!!’

This is a statement I hear so often, but is it true? I am very fortunate.  I was brought up in a household where classical music was played.  I have vague memories of the Brandenburg Concertos by Bach being played at home, on the old record player.  One of our neighbours played the 1812 Overture…
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What would I be if I wasn’t a musician?

I think the simple answer to that is ‘lost’! Music is my whole life. I have made a living from the thing I love. Every day is different. I can be teaching young people how to play the flute, piano, clarinet, keyboard or sing during the day, and be running a choir or musical theatre…
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