Welcome to my November newsletter. I am planning to send this out once a month, with a mixture of links to interesting articles and videos I’ve come across, blogs I have written & videos I’ve been a part of, along with general news of what I’m up to.
The topic of performance anxiety has been popping up all over the place recently. I heard pianist Stephen Kovacevich and folk musician Peggy Seeger both make reference to their own anxiety about performing in radio interviews on the BBC. I have also been contacted, confidentially, by some well-known international musicians about their own personal struggle with paralysing nerves, some feeling that paralysing nerves are the price that has to be paid for the sake of their art. It appears that the tide is turning and it is becoming more acceptable to talk about performance nerves.
Here is British pianist Stephen Hough’s views on the subject in an article he wrote in August:
Webinar: Beyond Stage Fright
Back in September, Musical Orbit founder and director, Nicole Wilson, invited me to give a webinar on the topic of stage fright, my take on the root causes and how to manage it. Being interviewed by Nicole was great fun, and as an experienced professional violinist she really knew first hand what questions to ask.
Manage your Nerves: talk & master class
Over the next month, I am taking my talk and master class Manage your Nerves on the road to London and Yorkshire where I will be working alongside music students at York, York St John, Huddersfield and Leeds Universities and at Leeds College of Music.
Two of the talks/master classes are open to the public. Do come along if you’d like to, and please encourage nervous pupils to come and grab a spot in the master classes before they all go!
European String Teachers Association (ESTA)
Sunday November 15th
Primrose Hill, London, UK
Contact Sheila Holdsworth for details
Sheila@estastrings.org.uk or 020 8852 4413
The Music Rooms, Selby
Saturday November 21st
Contact Sarah Garrard on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07976 250785
Beyond Stage Fright: second series
This is quite some project. I have been on the case now for a good couple of months writing to agents, chatting, persuading, cajoling, and chasing, and then finally putting dates in the diary for the filmed interviews with some fascinating musicians, writers and teachers. Violinists Tasmin Little and James Ehnes will be giving interviews, along with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, folk musician, Kathryn Tickell and Sean Gregory, Head of Creative Learning at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. There are many more exciting people I would love to mention but I will restrain myself until the interview dates are in the diary!
I will be interviewing in December and then after the lengthy editing process, plan to put the interviews online in mid-January. More information on this will be coming in the next newsletter or on the Facebook group.
If you haven’t already joined, you are more than welcome. I would love this to be a real resource and a place that is buzzing with shared information and ideas. Throughout December, I will be giving updates to the interviews as they go along, as tasters to the next video interview series.