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On listening

On listening

The Inner Being of Music…. Listening Charles Rosen says (in his book “Piano Notes”) that pianists are unique in that they do not listen to themselves in the way that other musicians are trained to do right from the start, as they do not have…

Dartington International Summer School

Dartington International Summer School

“Thank you also for the palpable changes you made to the stance, the sound, the comfort and the joy of those students you “adjusted” so gently as they sang.”  Emma Once again it has been a huge privilege and delight to work alongside Dame Emma…

Dartington Summer School

Dartington Summer School

Honing my skills… It has been an immense privilege, once again, to assist Emma Kirkby in her master classes at Dartington Summer School. The students have been very appreciative! “The most surprising thing about trying Alexander Technique on a master Class, where you are already…

Full Immersion AT for musicians

Full Immersion AT for musicians

Calling musicians… Choirs, orchestras, chamber groups, folk groups… The list is endless! A simple, lively and accurate upgrade of your inner GPS and the priceless know-how to access this in practice paves the way to greater comfort, ease and artistic freedom. I am returning from…

CD Live Piano Music

CD Live Piano Music

April 21st 1986 ….just 2 days after giving birth to my son, Horowitz was making his historic return to Russia. This exquisite piece by Scarlatti was on the programme and has since been embedded in my soul. This is from last night’s concert, recorded live…

One Thing affects Another

One Thing affects Another

One thing affects another  Over the last couple of years I have made a friend. It all started when I stopped on a narrow stretch of pavement to help extract a nail from the shoe of a very cross man. I was on my usual…

Teen Stomp …approach with care

Teen Stomp …approach with care

How do you meet a teenager?. A teenager with fire and drive in her belly and a very good stomp. 14 years of ideas and opinions and thirst for more.  Once upon a time a long time ago, let’s just say, the fighting spark for…

Dancing with Angels

Dancing with Angels

  There are many great musicians of our time who speak with compelling authority about the transformative power of music.  They know something from their profound studies and awful gifts.  It is reassuring because I know that I’m not entirely bonkers and neither am I…