Category Archives: Conversations

general discussion of musical life.

Here we go!

Well, I can barely believe that it’s already week 5 of term 1, so high time for a quick update! This year I’m continuing to teach strings part time in the Instrumental Music program run by Education Queensland. I have … Continue reading

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Postscript – La Française, French Music Festival

Here’s some footage (unedited) via YouTube of the Festival’s opening item, with Jan-Piet Knijff and I performing F. Couperin’s Premier Concert.  We had performed in ensembles together quite regularly when I was a student in The Netherlands in the late … Continue reading

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So Mum, what DO you do all day?

This question was posed recently by my teenage daughter, who is in the throes of examining her career options. It’s actually difficult to define what constitutes the work of a musician when firstly, for most people,what we consider work most … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes 2 – Paris Rendezvous

Part of life for most musicians these days is not just playing the music and being creative, but also working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. Unless you are in a large organization, this involves contacting other … Continue reading

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National Easter Viol School, Brisbane 2013

I felt priviledged to spend the Easter long weekend tutoring at the National Easter Viol School, held in the beautiful tranquil surroundings of the School of Music, University of Queensland. Participants of all ages, from as far afield as Adelaide … Continue reading

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The Patchwork Quilt

Returning to the subtitle of this website, “A Musician’s Life”, the start of a new year often provokes some reflections on what I’m doing, which activities to pursue, which New Year resolutions to follow up, and where to focus my … Continue reading

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Seasonal Music

Since Hot Cross Buns are already appearing in the shops, I guess it’s not too soon to discuss some Easter performances in 2013. In an earlier post I mentioned that performances of the great seasonal baroque masterpieces were few and … Continue reading

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AUSTA Stringendo magazine

The latest edition of the AUSTA (Australian Strings Association) national journal Stringendo is packed full of articles and reviews to do with Baroque Performance, including a short article on playing from facsimilies by yours truly. If you’re interested in receiving … Continue reading

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House concerts

It was wonderful to present two house concerts with my harpsichordist colleague Peter Hagen in regional Victoria last week. The audience members were very appreciative, and many commented on how wonderful it was to be able to hear baroque instruments … Continue reading

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Article for AUSTA Qld

An article I’ve written on Baroque Style, aimed at assisting busy string teachers, has been printed in the June newsletter of AUSTA Qld (Australian Strings Association, Queensland branch) .  If anyone is interested in joining AUSTA and receiving this newsletter … Continue reading

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