Gradeone-athon

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

And the results of the ABRSM jury are…

By | December 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | One comment

What a tense two weeks! Daily, musicians were posting their results on the Gradeone-athon Facebook page for all to see and remark upon. Some people did amazingly, some only passed and I started to realise that the Kwok family honour might suffer a terrible blow. My parents had...

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Flute finale…

Flute finale…

By | December 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm | 4 comments

My accompanist Ed and I had a run through last week and it was a match made in heaven, his bouncy enthusiasm my err.. bling! We commandeered a dressing room backstage at the Barbican and ran through the pieces twice and declared ourselves ready! Jo Johnson kindly acted as...

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And now the end is near…

And now the end is near…

By | November 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm | No comments

It has been a while since I wrote a blog about learning the flute for a charity Gradeone-athon, and when I look back at the optimism of the early ones, I do wish I had used my time more wisely and started practising somewhat sooner. I now have an actual exam date after calling...

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Matching your flute with your exam book…

Matching your flute with your exam book…

By | September 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm | 2 comments

After having a summer pretty much free from any flute playing, I realised the autumn season was upon us and the deadline for entering the Associated Board exams only days away.. my mum, who is a piano teacher, pointed out that you cannot actually request dates for exams, only...

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Flute or lilo, decisions decisions…

Flute or lilo, decisions decisions…

By | July 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm | No comments

Those who have been reading my official LSO blog from Aix (and if you haven't then shame on you!) will know what the orchestra has been up to this last month in work and play. I did pack my pink flute and Peter Wastall book with good intentions but for two weeks they were...

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Calling in the professionals

Calling in the professionals

By | June 8, 2013 at 10:41 am | No comments

Took my flute to rehearsal today to great amusement. Actually showed it to Michael Tilson Thomas who commented that it definitely wasn’t bling enough for me, so I think a few crystals will HAVE to be added since the Maestro has given the approval! I got a few tips from...

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More than mediocre!

More than mediocre!

By | June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am | No comments

Twitter is a useful tool isn’t it? I tweeted that I wondered why I was getting notes out an octave higher on my flute. One violinist responded that I was overblowing, sounds about right since I am full of hot air! Another tweeter shouted, “IT’S CALLED A VIOLIN!” Thanks...

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Posture and perseverance

Posture and perseverance

By | May 29, 2013 at 10:32 am | No comments

I actually put my flute in my hand carry-on for the flight home, mostly because my suitcase was overweight (thankfully Sarah was with me to distract the check-in guy) and I was shoving everything I could into hand luggage. Thankfully I remembered to take the screwdriver out (I...

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Aural anxieties

Aural anxieties

By | May 24, 2013 at 10:26 am | No comments

I have been inspired by listening to some flautists on YouTube so since I am here in a room with a lovely resonant acoustic trying to fool myself into thinking I sound good playing long held breathy notes. Sarah is having a little shopped-out rest so I might as well make a...

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All of a flutter

All of a flutter

By | May 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm | One comment

Here I am in sunny Philadelphia, less than 24 hours after an amazing Tchaik 4 with Antonio Pappano, and Jo Watt's great masterplan (for professional musicians to humiliate themselves for charity) Gradeone-athon has officially started for me. I had heard about this incredible...

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