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  1. Indeed (which is why it all seems a bit worrying). I saw it on Mr Bryden's Twitter feed.
  2. I hear Andrew Bryden is leaving (has left?) Ripon?
  3. Paul Brough to Keble, Oxford.
  4. Interesting juxtaposition of job adverts in Oxford. St Peter's College - a 0.4 position for two services a week, £19k. Worcester College - a 0.4 position for four services a week, £14k.
  5. https://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/home/people/jobs.aspx Is David Humphreys leaving?
  6. Martin Baker has resigned (as of last month it seems) from Westminster Cathedral.
  7. I understand Stephen Darlington will be looking after the choirs at Worcester College Oxford for two terms, while a more permanent successor to Thomas Allery is sought. As Edward Higginbottom does the same at St Peter's College, and as Matthew Martin prepares to leave Keble College at Easter, it seems a lot of change is afoot below the dreaming spires!
  8. I see Thomas Allery is moving on from Worcester College Oxford: https://twitter.com/WorcCollChoirs/status/1201215485297221640 But no mention of where he is going, or an advertised vacancy... On the subject of Oxford colleges, I hear Matthew Martin's soon (April) to be vacant position at Keble will be advertised after Christmas.
  9. Looks like Tim Byram-Wigfield is moving on from All Saints Margaret Street. Anyone know where he's going?
  10. Ah, is half a term standard practice? It's a full term in my line of work!
  11. 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!
  12. Interesting. A step up, or sideways? I understand the choirs at Warwick are very highly regarded.
  13. 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.
  14. Robin Walker (ADoM, St George's Hanover Square) to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
  15. Richard Pinel (ADoM, St George's Windsor) to become DoM at Jesus College Cambridge.
  16. Mark Williams (Jesus College, Cambridge) to Magdalen College, Oxford.
  17. Anyone know where Neil Taylor is off to?
  18. Dan Hyde to St Thomas's Fifth Avenue: http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/about/news/475/new-director-of-music-appointed
  19. Ralph Allwood is to become DoM at Queens' Cambridge. I wonder if this can dovetail with his work at Trinity Laban.
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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...
  23. Canon Peter Gould has announced his retirement as Master of the Music at Derby Cathedral, to take effect from 6th January 2015.
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