Royal Opera House Bridge’s annual conference Rising Tide was held at the historic Dockyards in Chatham on Thursday. The speakers had been briefed to be provocative and they certainly were. Julia Farrington in particular had me sat in my chair, jaw dropped and mouthing swear words to myself at her discussion of censorship and freedom of… Continue reading Rising Tide
Are you self sabotaging your creative work by unrealistic, subconscious expectations? We had the committee meeting for my concert band last night, and the discussion turned to next year’s programme. We all talked through our thoughts about it and I said that I was worried because I have really struggled with this terms’ harder pieces.… Continue reading Are you sabotaging your creative work?
At least four or five times a week I get in the car with my dog, Buster and drive to somewhere nice for a long walk. In January someone drove into my car while it was parked outside my house and then drove off without leaving a note. This sort of thing really upsets me,… Continue reading Creating space to think
As I have written before I took up playing the flute again as an adult. I merrily made my way through grade four and five and then came to a stop. My teacher does the ABRSM music grades and to do grade six I had to do music theory. This was so hard. I don’t… Continue reading When things get tough
I am delighted to have been selected as one of three artists who will be delivering community workshops in the Thurrock area, which will culminate in an exhibition at the Thameside Theatre as part of the Thurrock Art Trail 2017. I am going to be working with a diverse range of community groups across Thurrock… Continue reading Featured artist – Thurrock Art Trail 2017
As part of my three week down time in December I spent a lot of time reflecting on the past year and where I wanted this year to go. I identified my key word: luminous; and core feelings: creative, well, devoted to the divine and peaceful. I figured out my intentions for the year, some of… Continue reading BHAGs!
Happy new year! Last year I chose the word ‘contentment’ as my focus for the year, and although I think it was a good word for me I didn’t do any analysis on it beyond thinking of it at the start of the year. So, the process was rather a redundant one. This year it is different.… Continue reading #oneword365 2017 Luminous
Orsett show, at the Orsett show ground, September 2016 This is part of the Beautiful Thurrock series
Most of the work that I do in the arts is on the management side of things, very rarely am I actually in the room when the work is being made. This May was different, I spent a week with Royal Academy of Music Open Academy students and the incredibly talented James Rose. I… Continue reading Making conducting accessible for all
Poetry event at St Mary’s church, Little Thurrock. Local residents came together in September to perform their poetry. This is part of the Beautiful Thurrock project