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Looking forward to Autumn

The Beethoven Sonata Day Schools preceded the suspension of normal activities by a few days, and attracted a group of thoughtful and experienced listeners. The group enjoyed some of the finest music ever written for piano, and also delved into its dedicatees, its structures and the instruments for which it was written. Circumstances have postponed […]

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Celebrate Beethoven!

The celebrations begin! Beethoven’s 250th anniversary will be celebrated in many ways in 2020, but it is possible to survey his whole life – and to experience some of his most personal musical thoughts – by a study of his piano sonatas. Rosemary will lead two Day Schools in Stockport to give an overview of […]

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Exciting new venture

Rosemary has recently been accepted as a Music Lecturer by MANCENT – the Manchester Continuing Education Network. (http://mancent.org.uk). From the Spring of 2020 she will be offering one-day study courses on musical topics, based in South Manchester. More details will be available in the Autumn, but the first term will feature two one-day courses on […]

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Future talks

Rosemary’s talks are always designed specifically for their audiences, and two examples are in her 2019-20 schedule. Hearing Handel is a workshop discussion session with a group where Rosemary is a regular speaker, and with whom she has conducted many experiments in listening. This time she will be using music from Handel’s oratorios (Messiah and […]

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New songs published

After a number of requests, Rosemary has produced a book containing nineteen of her songs which have arisen out of groups meeting for periods of quiet reflection. They are simple settings for unison voices and piano, designed to help the singers remember the words and take them to heart. The title,┬áSing into Silence, was suggested […]

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New talks, new composition, new workshop

The winter months have seen a number of new developments in Rosemary’s work. two new talks have been added to her substantial portfolio of topics. The English Musical Renaissance showed how composers of the early 20th century found inspiration in their 16th and 17th century predecessors. There are very close correspondences to be found, not […]

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New compositions, new talks

Over the past months the project to set seven verses of the Bhagavad Gita to music has progressed to the completion of the first three movements – each complete in itself, but intended to form part of a six-movement sequence. Another short song was also commissioned in October: Nothing but the Knower is intended as […]

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Winter work

The winter is a good time to get down to some desk work and composition. New musical works had to be put to one side for a while to make room for travels as an examiner and the preparation of a fresh talk for the Concordia String Orchestra’s Christmas lunch. Variations on an orchestral theme […]

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Composition workshop

In November Rosemary will be leading a composition workshop for A Level musicians in a South Manchester school. The session is called Characters and Adventures and is designed to help the students to create interesting thematic material and to exploit it to the full. There should also be some ‘fun and games’ in exercises and […]

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Autumn Lectures

Rosemary is currently preparing a lecture entitled Unfinished Business for the new META group (Marple Exploring The Arts) on Thursday October 22nd. A number of great musical masterpieces were left unfinished by their composers, and Rosemary will explore what went wrong, what survives, and the interesting challenges these works have set for later musicians. The […]

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