imagine having cream teas on the lawn of an English country garden – then, being in England it rains, then thunders, then rains again, ending on a jazzy chord, symbolising a rainbow – performed on my old Flyde Goodfellow guitar with good friend and international classical guitarist Martin Vishnick
this short film of Amazing Grace music shows photographs by Dan Evans of Olney in Buckinghamshire, England, near Milton Keynes ~ Olney is the home of Amazing Grace, the words for which were written by John Newton – Newton and Cowper collectively wrote the Olney Hymns, of which Amazing Grace is perhaps the best known
film of my performance at the Dulcimer World Congress in Malvern in 2015 – I play i) Roger Nicholson’s piece Spring Season, Cyril Tawney’s song The Grey Funnel Line and my own minimalist train tune: Bullet Train – thanks to Sally Whitehead and the Dulcimer World Congress for making and editing the film
For many years I ran a weekend voice workshop called Everyone Can Sing. It was a large part of my life, not just in time and income but in how profoundly rewarding the work was and how much it changed me as a teacher and group leader, as a singer and performer and also as a human being. From undertaking this work, I documented several essays about the methods used – about respect, criticism & confidence and about community development. Those essays were published on my previous music website, which is no longer online. So here is a very short precis with a few typical student quotes, as a taster of this important work. Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more.
‘this has been an outstanding course with an outstanding tutor who use a unique process that ensures success for everyone involved – it has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of this incredible weekend’