The end of the Festival brings to a close a period of the year where meeting many new people in a short time is unusually common (for Edinburgh). As ever, conversations get round to, what do you do? and when I disclose that I am a guitar teacher in schools, one response crops up more than any other, we never had guitar when I was at school. If its semantically possible, I find the incredulity unbelievable. In the time since many such purveyors of astonishment left school, we have: Continue reading I Don’t Believe It!
“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” (Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1900)
This is a quote I was hoping never to have to use but I was told by a friend that Johnny Vegas had teamed up with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber (yes, brother of) in a campaign to “get music back into schools.” Continue reading Johnny Lloyd Vegas
Music Has No Bars
I had a reminder from Roger Montgomery, this year’s examiner from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, about a forthcoming TV programme featuring his daughter, Ruth. Despite being diagnosed as deaf at the age of three, Ruth pursued her interest in music, becoming a flautist and instrumental teacher.
The programme, entitled See Hear, features her trip to St. Petersburg to play a flute concerto with a local orchestra and will be broadcast in two parts Saturdays – 20th and 27th at 12:00 on BBC2.
www.bbc.co.uk/seehear/video to see a video preview of these programmes under the title Music Has No Bars