Convey the message clearly

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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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Running a Choir – Just how hard can it be?

CMVC Cirencester

Last weekend I was in Berlin to run a choir workshop for a Global Law firm.  The recipe for this event sounded fairly straightforward.  Take 60 legal types, feed well before placing in a conference room with an unlimited supply of achoholic beverages.  Then, once settled, dim the lights pull back a screen and reveal a […]

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Choirmaster Wit

A few months ago, I decided that my choirs should have more of a presence on Twitter. This was partly brought about by something called ‘Choral Hour’ which occurs every Friday evening at 9pm and involves lots of choirs getting together on Twitter for a bit of a chat!   Now I realise the sceptics […]

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What constitutes a job?

In many ways, it’s been a curious couple of weeks. Last Sunday at church, the vicar, during his sermon, pulled out a gun, gave it to a small child and she proceeded to shoot her sister!   I hasten to add, it was a toy gun most likely designed for ages 3 upwards and entirely harmless in […]

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5 years of tea and cake…

Ladies Choir

One February morning in 2010 I got up a bit earlier than usual and went out to a local 4 star hotel in Bath for some breakfast.  This seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to do and I’m always partial to a full English Breakfast.   Even better than that, the tax man contributed towards the cost […]

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What makes a good Choir Leader?

When I bought my current house in 2008, it came with the option of being carpeted throughout for a modest cost. At the time this seemed a good idea. I was aware the supplied carpet was likely to be made out of sandpaper and probably no more effective as a floor covering than a dust sheet. […]

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Plans for 2016

Apparently 2016 has been designated by the United Nationals General Assembly as the International Year of Pulses, which will be good news for all the vegetarians!  I’m guessing that was a slow day for the UN and no one could think of what to do after lunch. 2016 is also a leap year, which is […]

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Inspiring others to do their best

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Earlier today a footballist was sacked.  As I don’t know much about football, I decided I should do a bit of research into this matter to fully understand what went on.  From what I can gather, Jose Mourinho is widely regarded by a number of players, coaches and commentators as one of the greatest and most […]

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For we all like figgy pudding

Figgy Pudding

For the last few weeks I have been getting up before the crack of dawn and travelling the length and breadth of the country to shove microphones in front of school children.  For the next few weeks I will mostly be out after dark, standing in front of choirs & waving around frantically, in the […]

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