June 2019

June has been spent teaching, writing and doing the admin for future trips overseas with a few UK based masterclasses. My Oxford piano students have been hard at it, some preparing for their first-year recitals and others their final third year recitals, which for me has meant blocks of very intense lessons followed by no lessons […]

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May 2019

Stockholm Going back to Sweden again this month was another wonderful experience which I enjoyed as much as my trip in March, if not more so. I love the openness that I came across with the players I worked with from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra along with singers from the Swedish Radio Choir. I gave a […]

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April 2019

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra My time in Sweden at the end of March was wonderful. I felt very privileged to be working with top professionals both individually in private, and in a masterclass setting. I was blown away by their openness and willingness to be vulnerable in front of their colleagues, and to be prepared […]

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March 2019

In the UK at the moment, we’re in the middle of a political crisis and a crisis in society in general. It’s been brought about by a referendum nearly three years ago in which we had a binary choice: to leave or remain in the EU. What has happened as a result of that vote […]

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February 2019

Spring is in the air in the UK, and it has been so welcome to have sunny days, hear birdsong and see spring flowers, especially in such confusing, political times. I have been keeping my head down, teaching, coaching, giving an occasional talk-masterclass at a university, and writing anecdotes/case studies down for another book that […]

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January 2019

It’s too late really to wish you a Happy New Year but here it is anyway and I hope that this New Year is a really good one for you. My winter is proving to be a reasonably quiet one which I am very grateful for. I have only had two trips this month, one to […]

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December 2018

Christmas will soon be upon us so I am just squeezing this newsletter out before everyone takes off to spend time with family and friends.   I thought I’d follow on from the theme I explored in the October newsletter which was all about physical freedom and how important that is for us all as musicians. […]

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November 2018

November has been a month of predominantly staying at home and working in my studio, teaching piano to a whole new cohort of Oxford University students and working with musicians who ask for performance coaching, either in person or online. I love meeting the new Oxford students who come my way. They always look rather […]

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October 2018

I thought I would change things slightly for this newsletter and write it more in the form of an article. I have been exploring the importance of having body- centered approach as a musician and how that can avoid unnecessary tension, aches and pains, and how those same tensions can also have an emotional root. So here […]

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September 2018

It’s the very end of summer and the beginning of autumn here in the UK. I am back from extensive travelling over the summer, namely Australia and Switzerland, and adjusting to being back at home again. It’s a gentle time before the academic term gets going in earnest, and I am enjoying the time and […]

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