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Positif

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  1. Looks like Tim Byram-Wigfield is moving on from All Saints Margaret Street. Anyone know where he's going?
  2. Ah, is half a term standard practice? It's a full term in my line of work!
  3. I wonder what's going on in Warwick. Mr Corns' appointment to Sheffield was announced in February, with effect from June, but no signs of advertisement as yet. A long interregnum seems inevitable!
  4. Interesting. A step up, or sideways? I understand the choirs at Warwick are very highly regarded.
  5. I would be interested to hear where people think RCO tests sit when compared with other qualifications. For instance, are FRCO Keyboard Skills and written harmony work, etc., essentially equivalent to, say, what a Cambridge music student would do in Year 2 or harder/easier/different? To what extent, do you think, one prepares one for the other? And what about teaching them? I know keyboard skills and harmony, etc., is often taught by the Organist/DoM in Oxbridge colleges - how does this compare to teaching A/FRCO candidates, I wonder. Any and all thoughts would be most interesting to read.
  6. Robin Walker (ADoM, St George's Hanover Square) to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
  7. Richard Pinel (ADoM, St George's Windsor) to become DoM at Jesus College Cambridge.
  8. Mark Williams (Jesus College, Cambridge) to Magdalen College, Oxford.
  9. Anyone know where Neil Taylor is off to?
  10. Dan Hyde to St Thomas's Fifth Avenue: http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/about/news/475/new-director-of-music-appointed
  11. Ralph Allwood is to become DoM at Queens' Cambridge. I wonder if this can dovetail with his work at Trinity Laban.
  12. I have a pupil who has what I think is described as an out-toe gait (i.e. his feet naturally point outwards, like a ballet first position, instead of straight ahead). Apparently, he is being fixed up with special shoes to help correct it. This goes some way, I think, to explaining his somewhat clumsy pedal technique. I'd be most interested to hear of any experience of similar conditions!
  13. Regarding the run in b.16, I've always played the eighth note as a D-natural, but a student of mine who has just learned it plays a D-sharp which sounds odd to me. Despite the D-sharp on the second beat of that bar, the cautionary D-sharp printed on the tenth note (and I note in the manuscript this is not even cautionary, i.e. it's not in brackets), leads to me think D-natural was the composer's intention for the eighth note of the run. Thoughts?! Positif
  14. They have quite a lot of staff at Lincoln (DoM, ADoM, AO, OS + Mr Walsh, I think?) - it will be interesting to see if they replace like for like or reorganise a bit...
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