I heartily recommend the Secret Barrister’s book "Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken"

(Post made at 1406 UK BST time on 13 Apr 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).  For anyone interested in UK law and in particular the parlous effect of successive cuts on our justice system, I can heartily recommend this book:The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How … Continue reading I heartily recommend the Secret Barrister’s book "Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken"

In my opinion, the downplaying of the younger CWYM groups continues

(Post made at 1130 UK time on 06 Mar 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).Further to "The younger groups have got the short straw in the CWYM Summer Concert on 1 July 2017", something which seems to be happening again in the 2018 Summer Concert, there seems at … Continue reading In my opinion, the downplaying of the younger CWYM groups continues

Something I hope I’ve never adopted as a management style!

(Post made at 1106 UK time on 06 Mar 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).I found the above cartoon (amongst several on the theme of micromanagement) amusing. Managing a team is a challenge, with a balance between delegation and supervising, and I know I've not always got it … Continue reading Something I hope I’ve never adopted as a management style!

Bournemouth and Poole College: why do the concerns I raise matter?

(Post made at 1046 UK time on 27 Jan 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).This is a follow up to a previous post, Why is this public?Great music education is a partnership between classroom teachers, specialist teachers, professional performers and a host of other organisations, including those from … Continue reading Bournemouth and Poole College: why do the concerns I raise matter?

I have no reason to believe that anything I have posted is untrue, but anyone who disagrees has the right of reply and should use it

(Post made at 1905 UK time on 26 Jan 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).A reminder that anyone who disputes the accuracy of any of my statements in any of the blog posts is free to explain why/add corrections in the comments. (Please see the Terms of Use … Continue reading I have no reason to believe that anything I have posted is untrue, but anyone who disagrees has the right of reply and should use it

Record of Wessex Youth Orchestra Leaders

(Post made at 1402 UK time on 07 Jan 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). James di Capite (Leader) and Patrick Curlett (soloist and former Leader) in 2006 This is a record of the list of Wessex Youth Orchestra (WYO) leaders to the best of my knowledge.  Any … Continue reading Record of Wessex Youth Orchestra Leaders

Bournemouth and Poole College’s Centre for Wessex Young Musicians Facebook page still claims it is a charity …if so, since when?

(Post made at 1900 UK time on 05 Jan 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). Further to my previous post, the Facebook page still claims that the CWYM is a charity.  The normal rule is that organisations with income exceeding £5,000 and claiming to be charities need to be registered … Continue reading Bournemouth and Poole College’s Centre for Wessex Young Musicians Facebook page still claims it is a charity …if so, since when?

The Bournemouth and Poole College’s Wessex Youth Orchestra spent just under £2,000 on extra players for two concerts

(Post made at 1412 UK time on 02 Jan 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). On 3 December 2016, as still then Chairman of the Society for Wessex Young Musicians (SWYM), I was very surprised to be asked to sign cheques totalling just over £3,000.  This included just under … Continue reading The Bournemouth and Poole College’s Wessex Youth Orchestra spent just under £2,000 on extra players for two concerts

The Bournemouth and Poole College’s Centre for Wessex Young Musicians Facebook page claims it is a charity – I don’t believe it is one

(Post made at 0855 UK time on 02 Jan 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). The Centre for Wessex Young Musicians (CWYM)'s Facebook page, set up by the Bournemouth and Poole College early in 2017, is at https://www.facebook.com/cwymwyo/.This states that it is a "Charity in Poole, Dorset" (click on the … Continue reading The Bournemouth and Poole College’s Centre for Wessex Young Musicians Facebook page claims it is a charity – I don’t believe it is one

Some great festive music, bringing back some very fond memories

(Post made at 1950 UK time on 29 Dec 2017 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests). Over the last few days I have really enjoyed listening to some wonderful festive music, some of which also brought back very fond memories! I remember really enjoying playing flute in a performance of Vivaldi's Gloria … Continue reading Some great festive music, bringing back some very fond memories