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  • Open Studio - update on funds raised

  • Open Studio (information updated 2 May)

  • 'Messiaen and Synaesthesia'

  • Open Studio - update on funds raised  -   18/07/2014

    The sun shone on a wonderful two days of friends, music, cakes and art! Huge thanks go to all my helpers and to everyone that managed to make the trek to SE5. The sum raised for charities from painting sales and cash donations was over £3,000. I have divided this between the following charities: Compassion in World Farming, WaterAid, Whitehall Choir, Project Harar, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Charities Aid Foundation.

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    Open Studio (information updated 2 May)  -   02/05/2014

    Invitations have been sent out for my open Studio event over a weekend in May. This is exclusively for members of my mailing list so if you would like details, please join my list via the contacts page. The event will include an exhibition, with framed and unframed work on sale at discounted prices, together with musical and artistic happenings here at my studio and home. The Saturday will feature a hands-on art workshop run by Zoë McMillan for adults and children. No previous art experience is necessary and both beginners and those with some painting experience will be catered for. The workshop will consist of 45 minute sessions for small groups - sign up on the day. Also on Saturday one of my neighbours, Catherine McLean, who plays violin in an instrumental ensemble performing mainly folk music has kindly agreed to come along with her friends to entertain us from 2-3pm. On the Sunday afternoon come and hear 'The Wisetones'. Organised by Liz Boyden, this (possibly) unique quartet of bassoons, including the impressive contrabassoon (an endangered species), will perform classical and popular pieces in two sessions during the afternoon. On both days, Laurence Grace will be on site with a record player and my grand-parents' collection of 78 records. He will be demonstrating everything from Wagner at Bayreuth (1922) to numbers by the Inkspots.This really will be a major 'stock clearance' so do bring your friends and a large carrier bag! Unframed paintings and sketches will start at £10. Much stuff will be free; for example, classical CDs, books, DVDs, vinyl records and computer and photographic gadgetry. The weekend will be raising money in aid of humanitarian, wildlife and musical charities. So far I have chosen three: Water Aid; Compassion in World Farming and the Whitehall Choir. I may add to these as we go along and according to the total amount raised.

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    'Messiaen and Synaesthesia'  -   12/01/2013

    The film that I made in January 2008 is still up on the website of the Philharmonia Orchestra and is now also on YouTube. Lasting about 5 minutes, it is introduced by Peter Hill, Messiaen's biographer. To see the film, click on the link below. The October podcast, of which the film forms the latter part, also features interviews with Sir Charles Mackerras and George Benjamin.

    Messiaen and Synaesthesia film

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