The last couple of weeks have gone by in a bit of a blur - definitely busy, and definitely not 'doing nothing', but for some reason that song popped into my head earlier today. I remember someone singing it in a pantomime that I took part in as a child, and being really taken with the tune and the lyrics. Musical influences and memories have been a big theme for me recently. Firstly, we had the wonderful Dr Jessica Quiñones visiting Sheffield for a weekend of workshops for flute players, which delved into our influences and prompted us to think about our personal musical style and 'manifesto'. For the last few days, I've been in Scotland, where I grew up, visiting home and attending (and presenting a poster) the SEMPRE postgraduate study day. So there were thoughts of childhood music, mixed in with getting to hear about lots of exciting research and other people's experiences of music through their lives.
I also found out last week that I passed my MA with distinction. Absolutely delighted, and it was a real boost before I went to the study day to know that my poster was presenting research that actually made sense! And while it might also make a bit of sense to sit back and indeed do nothing now, I've been spurred on to apply for more conferences, think about writing up some work to submit to journals, and apply for further study next year! If you're interested in the outcomes of my Masters research, you can now read the finished dissertation here.
This afternoon, I'm at final rehearsals for the Classical Sheffield Festival where I'll be playing with Sheffield Flute Choir and Platform 4 Contemporary Composers - I'm so looking forward to this innovative new festival, bringing classical music to Sheffield in a different way.
All of these things deserve fuller blog posts of their own, so this is just a quick whistle-stop tour. Come back soon for more on the workshops, the conference and the festival!
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