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Tate St Ives and Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

16th August 2014  I recently returned from a visit to St Ives where I undertook research for a possible Sounds Like Art project in 2015. St Ives is a vibrant art colony on the North Penwith coast, in Cornwall, with a rich artistic ...

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An Open Letter to Open Mic UK

April 30th 2014    Dear Open Mic UK, Thank you for your email. By legal definition you may be a legitimate ‘talent show’ but you really ought to be more honest. This is a huge money making scheme. Having read your terms and ...

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Sounds Like Art (2014 – )

  February 2014    Twelve years ago, when I was studying music in London and composing synth-based trance and electronica, I often thought about ways of combining the many forms of creative expression: dance, music, ...

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en Choir

8th February 2014  After several years of arranging music for traditional community choirs I needed an outlet for my quirkier arrangements and compositions. In 2011 I formed en Choir with the aim of bringing together a diverse group of ...

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Vocal Technique for Singers: Breathing and Breath Control 101

As I focus on selected vocal techniques during warm-up sessions with my gospel choir, en Choir, here are my top tips on breathing and breath control for singing:   Posture The first step in developing vocal technique is to ...

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Scrounge on the Farm

May 9th, 2012  As festival season approaches, competitions offering local musicians the chance to perform are on the increase. It might seem harmless enough; a great way to gain exposure and all in all a whole lot of fun, right? But what we ...

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Great Singer? Don’t Audition for a TV Talent Show

April 22nd 2012    Punters often approach me at gigs to lovingly suggest that I should audition for the X Factor. And although I understand that this is their way of saying you’re really good, I laugh it off to ...

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The Olympics – Musicians Need To Be Paid Too

April 20th 2012    But musicians are always asked to play for free, aren’t they?   Two weeks after I published the article Why Musicians Shouldn’t Work For Peanuts  it came to light that organisers of the London ...

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Why Musicians Shouldn’t Work For Peanuts

May 31st 2012    Music venues are paying less and expecting more from the ever-struggling musician. They want it all; brilliance, pa and lighting, posters, publicity, a ready crowd of family and friends to pack out their venue and what ...

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The 24 Hour Musician: Rights, Respect and Exploitation

May 4th 2012    For fun, this afternoon I googled Why are musicians so expensive? And as expected, there were no relevant results. So I retyped: Why are plumbers so expensive? and clicked search. A barrage of ...

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The Trouble With Teaching Music

February 10th 2012   "But, you’re singing a soul standard and you sound like a cheap cabaret singer. Who are you trying to emulate?"    Last week. James’ first singing lesson. Spoken by me, the ever-frustrated music ...