07 January, 2020

Happy new year! I hope your festive season was full of good food and good fun. I had a busy December so it was lovely to have a couple of days off at Christmas and New Year. I moved in November so it was really special to have family over to celebrate the first Christmas in my new home.

Usually January is quite a quiet month but not this year! 2020 is off to a busy start with weekends fully booked for events on top of my regular teaching and the school project with Hear My Music. I’ll also be starting a project with Music in Hospitals & Care this month, more on that to follow soon.

Things are all go at home too with my new kitchen being fitted this week, then it’ll be painting and new carpets. It’s so exciting to see it all starting to take shape!

Thanks again for all the likes, comments and shares on my Facebook page, it’s really appreciated.

13 December, 2019

December is always a busy time of the year but this year is even busier than usual! For the last few years I’ve played at Dumfries House’s Christmas banquet and I was delighted to be asked back again this year for a series of ten performances. I always love playing there, it’s such a beautiful venue and even more so with all the festive decorations. I’m starting to feel very Christmassy already!

In October I started working with Hear My Music, a charity that delivers music-making projects for people with complex needs. For the first part of the project I worked with pupils in an ASN school to create their own music. They’ve written some really lovely tunes and songs! Pupils from the local mainstream primary and secondary schools are now joining us to learn the music and create group arrangements that will be performed in a concert in February. More information on Hear My Music and the valuable work they do can be found here:

It’s been a busy time personally too as I moved house last month. Although I’ve been hoping to move for the last few years, when it finally happened it was a bit of a whirlwind. Moving day was a bit of an adventure but that’s all forgotten now that I’m in and unpacked… well, almost! It’s so exciting to be in my new home and I’ve been enjoying picking out new furniture and decorations. Actually while I’ve been typing this the last of my deliveries (sofa and dining table) both arrived! From next week things will get busy with painters, carpet fitters and a new kitchen. It’s brilliant to see everything taking shape and I can’t wait to see how it looks when everything is finished.

As always, thanks so much for reading and for all your likes and comments on my Facebook page – it’s really appreciated!