I have a strong memory from childhood of being taught that ‘giving up’ was a bad thing to do. The message I received was that once I committed to something, I should see it through… whether I liked it or not. It was ‘character building’ to stick at it (apparently) and conversely, showed an undesirable … More Stick or twist?
I’ve been to the opera before. Quite a few times actually. So why, I hear you ask, does this night at the opera warrant inclusion in the 50shadesofbrave blog? Well, dear reader, this was not just any old opera house… this was Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Google it, and the most likely tag line you … More A night at the opera…
If you read my reflective post of 1st January 2017, you would have read that there were some challenges which I had intended to do in 2016 which, for various reasons, just didn’t happen. And you would also have read that I planned to make sure that those got done in 2017… So, here goes … More The ones that got away… #1 Record a CD of flute music
Just last week I had an email from the Associated Board for the Royal Schools of Music, apologising for the delayed issue of Diploma results from the winter session. So, when I opened the mailbox this morning to find inside a large envelope from the same people, I was a little taken aback! In fact, … More 45. Sit my DipABRSM – part 2
I have taught the flute on and off since I was 16, and since settling back in Cardiff with my family I have had a busy and regular private practice of flute pupils. I have prepared pupils for exams from the Prep Test for (absolute beginners) to Grade 8 and helped my pupils to gain results often in excess … More 45. Sit my DipABRSM
Before I even get into the details of this challenge, I have a confession to make… What I actually wrote on my list of 50 things was ‘Perfect a new Ian Clarke piece’. Perfect. Verb – make (something) completely free from faults or defects; make as good as possible. I hope you’re not going to hold … More 44. Learn a new Ian Clarke piece
Part 1 Why, oh why, oh why? Actually, pretty much everyone has asked my why I decided to do this one… So, here are my answers: When I did my flute grades as a kid, there was no Grade 7. It went 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. So I decided to ‘fill in the gap’. … More 6. Grade 7 flute – part 1