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News archive – 2018

Fame at last! 4 Jan, 2018    Fame at last! Well in Exmouth anyway. Nevertheless, it seems that my story appears to be newsworthy and has been printed in my home town’s local rag. To be honest, it makes a change from pictures and editorial of me and my work as a police officer that used to feature fairly frequently. The article was supposed to appeal to younger people at a time when they didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives, or didn’t believe their talents could prove fruitful, but that’s not exactly how it comes across. …

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News archive – 2017

Christmas Music at Killerton House 18 Oct, 2017    Once again here at Dance is With Music we have been asked to arrange the performance of Christmas Music at the National Trust, Killerton House near Broadclyst in Devon in 2017. Leaving it only everso slightly late to ask this year, I’m delighted to say that through my endless music contacts in the South West, I have been able to fill all the available dates, and, pending any cancellations, this is the line-up this year:   Saturday 25th November – Devon Fire & Rescue Service Band Sunday 26th November – Camelford …

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News archive – 2016

The Cherubim Music Trust 27 Sep, 2016    The Cherubim Music Trust (Charity #1088403) owes its existence to Clancy Steer, who founded it in response to her personal experience and keen understanding of the needs of young musicians: “Our daughter Serafina chose to take up the harp aged seven. To begin with, she had access to a table harp (clarsach) For her first pedal harp we were able to buy an aged Pleyel for £1200. After the VIth form at Chethams Specialist Music School, where she had access to a first-rate concert harp, in 2000 she was due to go to …

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News archive – 2015

Tiverton Town Band – Musical Director 10 Nov, 2015    I’ve been keeping this a closely guarded secret for some time, but now I can make a formal announcement. I’ve been appointed as Musical Director of  Tiverton Town Band as of  Monday 9th November 2015 – following their very respectable 3rd place in the 4th Section of the SWBBA Championships in Torquay last weekend. I’m really excited about this as those of you who know me will understand. I’ve been ‘without a band’ for several years as a conductor and am delighted that this opportunity has arisen, and I fully intend …

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News archive 2013 – 2014

Exeter Symphony Orchestra concert 5 Nov, 2014    Having received the music for this concert yesterday, I can safely say that it’s going to be a challenge! Yes, I know the Holst very well indeed, but Vaughan William’s Symphony No.6 in E minor is new to me – well at least on tuba it is! As ever with his music, this is breathtaking in it’s harmonic complexity, and interweaving counterpoint. I love it! They’re the only two pieces that feature the tuba, but I’ll enjoy listening to the other works As it’s 2014 and the Centenary of the outbreak of …

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News archive – 2012 and before

Lympstone Training Band Revival 17 Sep, 2012 14th October 2012 A month has passed, and at our Training Band session on Saturday 13th October more new members came along, and when we’re all together the band now numbers 21 players! Magnificent, but there is plenty of room for more players to come along – including members of the senior band. Grateful thanks to Tim, Bryony, Gill and Claire for their assistance at rehearsals thus far. Colin and Catherine gave a presentation to the whole school at Lympstone Primary School on Thursday 11th October, where Colin demonstrated ALL the instruments in …

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