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To Amble…

Verb: amble. Not ‘ramble’: not, to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner. But to ‘amble’: move at a slow, relaxed pace. The word originally denoting a horse’s gait, moving with a slow four-beat rhythm. From the Old French ambler, from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’. We recently took some time out and, much thanks to […]

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Conversation with constructions

So another trip to the homeland, and of course this instigates new old things to ruminate on. While visiting the resting place (and hence archived memories) of my maternal grandparents, we discovered the gardens of Tremenheere a stone’s throw away. After a few hours exploring Tremenheere; combined with a day in a sunlit St Ives […]

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It’s not all about the performance…

It’s not all about the performance… It’s about the act of singing, together.”Global Harmony” from Melton Mowbray. Yes, at the end of each term we perform a concert and it’s always a very enjoyable event. Recently we had a great time (and the audience did too we trust) at Harlaxton Church in Lincolnshire, helping to raise […]

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Music…

It’s been 19 days into January and we’ve succeeded todate to go without chocolate, biscuits and sugary treats, but today being a Friday I needed a pick me up mid-day… luckily I had been asked by the college where I work to contribute to their radio station’s Desert Island Discs show. Fullhurst Community College in […]

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Allusions create illusions…

I recently hear the phrase “allusions which create illusion” with reference to Bach’s Suites for solo cello … Ah the power of suggestion … We went for a walk in Abbey Park Leicester today…   I also have recently pondered the pop acronym THINK… T (is it True) H (is it Helpful) I (is it Inspiring) N (is it […]

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We Sang for Hope…

“What a fantastic evening!” That’s what I keep hearing from people. And yes, that’s what it was for me. An evening filled with unexpected triumphs! A few tweets: “Wow!!! What an incredible night!! Thank you to everyone for being there. Totally brilliant.” “What an incredible performance!! So proud!!” “What a FANTASTIC thing @WeSingforHOPE surprised by […]

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Colourful spirit…

The colour of things… The spirit of things… My life, and I assume yours, is coloured and recoloured daily… Sometimes the colours and pigments that stir and dawb the surface of our lives make a confused mess.  Sometimes the views can be kept in-check, geometry maintained, balance and harmony constructed.  More often for me an […]

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Peace to you…

On Sunday it’s  International Day of Peace, 21 September. At the end of our last choir practice we sang a few songs to peace -it’s a scratch recording but you get the gist – Peace to you! Amaze: with great wonder; astonish. Amazement: a mixed emotion of extreme surprise or wonder; astonishment, bewilderment, perplexity, consternation… Or, […]

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…back to school…

This week I went back to primary school. A few dozen members from the choirs Global Harmony and Woven Chords, along with our MD Liz, were privileged to be invited to the Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy in Leicester. The aim was to share songs from around the world and share the experience of singing expressively […]

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Seasonal Sounds 2013…

If you enjoy a little advent-urous, a capella, acoustics – a date for your diaries: Saturday 14th December – Melton, St. Mary’s… Flyer image can be shared found here: GIF or PDF  – do share! Pies and wine too, all in a good cause!