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It’s a shame I can’t fit a harp on a Vespa..

Written on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 am

Sunday was spent in hot leathers and a helmet training on a motorbike ready for college. I’m starting an MA in Jazz in a few weeks and thought it might be a good idea to moped my way to college. It’s quite strange not to be surrounded by 4 wheels and lots of metal, with […]

Wedding season in full swing…

Written on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 10:08 am

It has been a fantastic season for beautiful weddings, with alot being held outside. This week I played in Essex in an outside pavillion for Vicky and Jimmy. It was perfectly timed with the rain arriving just as they went in to eat. Vicky had spent so much time picking music and the atmosphere was […]

The Orient Express arrives in Oxford…

Written on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 10:28 am

It’s a busy time with weddings across the country, practising all the requests for brides and trying to enjoy some sunshine when it appears! This week I was playing at Le Manoir for the Orient Express group.  The Royal Scotsman and its guests had come to Oxford at the end of a weeks tour and […]

Le Manoir and Villeroy and Boch

Written on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 9:51 am

What a week…from bunny rabbits to the launch of the new Villeroy and Boch range….all at Le Manoir in Oxford.

Raymond Blanc and ring bearing bunnies!!

Written on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 9:47 am

On Sunday I had the pleasure of playing for John and Janine Sawh at Le Manoir in Oxford. The hotel, famous for Chef Raymond Blanc and his recent TV series, is absolutely beautiful! John and Janine, after their very emotional ceremony (including rings delivered on rabbits) very kindly invited me to a gastro experience of 9 courses…the […]

Flying the banner for Wales at John Lewis London

Written on Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 10:16 am

On March 1st I was invited to represent Wales in London. A group of us Welshies travelled to John Lewis, Oxford Street and spent the day spreading the word of St David’s Day. The Welsh Assembly ‘True Taste’,organised by the lovely David Edwards promoted Welsh food products and I played for the lucky people sampling them. […]

Coal Exchange with Only Men Aloud

Written on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Valentine’s Day was interesting this year, spending the evening with 20 male singers..in the form of Only Men Aloud!  in the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay for a corporate event. The venue is beautiful and the evning was a nice change from the usual romantic restaurant setting.

Pedal slides for composition students

Written on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Today I had the pleasure of talking to post graduate music students in Cardiff University….from gliss’ to pedal slides…they had plenty of ideas for making their compositions unique and modern…here’s to the finished pieces!

January Blues

Written on Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 11:55 am

It’s that time of the year when it’s peaceful on the playing front and time is spent preparing for the year ahead. January started with an opening of Casa Bianca- a new Italian restaurant in Cardiff. I am currently working on my jazz and have a concert with Zwzaz on 6th March in the North Star, Cardiff […]

Christmas at Celtic

Written on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 10:05 am

For the 11th year in a row, I was at Celtic Manor over Xmas, playing for afternoon Xmas Eve and most of Xmas day. The atmosphere was wonderful with the Salvation Army Band and a local Male Voice Choir. It is so beautiful there…and so busy with over 1000 for lunch!

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