Convey the message clearly

penny black

Prior to 1840, most people expected to get quite a few birthday cards.  The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls. By the early 15th century, […]

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Pigs can kill you (apparently!)

Coventry Cathedral

In the news recently there has been a lot of talk about food which is bad for you. For example, we learnt earlier this week that Bacon will kill you.  This was particularly bad timing for me as the news broke on the day I had travelled to Coventry to play the organ at the Cathedral for […]

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Be Prepared to sing your best

Scout Logo

Many years ago when I was about a foot shorter than I am currently, I joined something called the Cubs, which I think is still part of the Scouts.  I’m not entirely sure how this came about – presumably my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to do something physical outdoors, rather than […]

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Singing is good for your health

Bishop Wordsworth Choir

Earlier this week I had to visit my local doctor’s surgery in order to give away some of my blood.  This is all part of the seemingly ongoing visits which are a direct result of getting old.  The first visit, a couple of weeks ago, wasn’t too bad. I simply turned up for my ‘routine’ over […]

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The importance of Singing in Schools

School Choirs

In a recent article for the Daily Telegraph, Jonathan Leigh, The Master at Marlborough College, said it was a ‘desperate shame’ that the very deep British tradition of joining a school choir was in decline.  This was after recent evidence showed a decline in singing at primary schools because teachers are focussing their energy towards success […]

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Get on your bike, or join a choir?

bicycle sign

In a few days time I shall reach the milestone that states I have been on this planet for precisely 40 years.  Apparently at that point I shall have what is commonly known as a mid life crisis.   Obviously I wanted to prepare for this momentous event as best as possible, so I have done some […]

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Singing in the Rain?

Choir Concerts

Last week, on the whole, was going well.  Then suddenly this all changed.  On Wednesday morning a small white envelope was pushed through the letter box and landed quite unassumingly on the door mat.  In today’s world of electronic communication and conversations which all take place in 140 characters or less, this was potentially quite […]

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Creating better Harmony

Peppa Pig

Like most 2 year olds, my daughter is a little bit fanatical about Peppa Pig.  I say a bit, that’s probably a slight understatement. Looking around me it seems that every room in the house has at least one item in it which bears a picture of Peppa Pig. However, to be fair, there is at least […]

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