The Cello Museum Interview
20 May 2022 11:15Please tell us more about your online cello courses. Well, they came out of COVID. I had always intended to open myself up to teaching one-to-one online, but when COVID struck, and we all had to swing around and reinvent ourselves, I’d had to cancel all of my in-person courses, in particular the summer course, and thought, “So what am I going to do?” Because I was already doing some one-to-one
Best Foot Forward
01 February 2022 10:00Hello Cellist! At last, we are going to be together again, in-person, playing, learning and growing. We have all had a long, unnatural break in our musical lives and I’m so glad to be able to tell you that the 1-day Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble workshops start on February 19th, here in Lewes, East Sussex. More will follow through the year. I love these days when we immerse ourselves in fabulous music, explore and
Hello Cellists Everywhere!
30 October 2020 17:20It’s lovely to have you onboard. What a year this has been on so many levels for all of us and I do hope all is well with you and yours. So many of us instrumentalists swung round at the start of lockdown and started a teaching practice online. I have found that I see, think and teach differently in this new, unforeseen scenario. Many exciting ideas have come out of these strange times. As I could no
Bumps in the Road
22 July 2020 12:28We like to think that our progress and development is more linear than may be the case. I see progress where sometimes a pupil doesn’t. In fact, this week a student I was teaching, felt she was going backwards. She sounded almost as if she was, to some extent, in crisis. Perception is a thing that needs closely looking at. What we see, because we inhabit our own world and thoughts, our vision and dreams that we hold
Brand New World
29 June 2020 11:53I have been teaching cellists online for a few months now, and on Saturday I launched the new Online Time Line series. It is another arm of the Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble workshops and courses I have been running since 2005. This online project had been quietly going round my head for a while, and then was brought into focus by the idea of restriction from our state of lockdown. Limitation can be seen as a gift and makes it
25 April 2020 09:37I have been working for a year now with a lady, in her 70s, with Parkinson's. Normally I would cross town to teach her as it’s difficult for her to travel and we need to work when her drugs create the best situation for her. Now though, I’m teaching online and I’m seeing new things, thinking differently and changing habits. As I played the piece to her that we are now learning
Listening and Hearing… What a Subject!
29 February 2020 02:05Listening and hearing… what a subject! As teachers and players, we are doing them both all the time. It’s absorbing and can be tiring. This last week I have noticed two pupils have suddenly “heard” what I’ve been saying for a long time. They have acted and I can see the enlightened looks on their faces, of the surprise and pleasure of having shifted themselves into a new state of awareness and new
Welcome to My Shiny New Website and Blog!
29 February 2020 02:04I intend to be sharing thoughts and ideas here and hope we can start some conversations whether you are a teacher or student. We all learn from each other. At the moment I have a private teaching practice with a wide mix of children, teenagers and adult students. I love having a mix. It keeps me on my toes. Over the years I have taught players with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Asperger’s and one person, with part of a finger