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    Keeping up appearances

    I recently received some rather disappointing news. Normally, no-one would know except my poor wife who would end up tolerating my pottering around the house and moping through the kitchen cupboards kidding myself I needed something to munch on. But the rest of the world wouldn’t know. Blog posts would still appear on schedule, uplifting tweets would still get posted, and the occasional Facebook message would continue to find its way into the ether. Students would continue to strive for goals just out of their current reach, audiences would cheer and applaud, and colleagues would continue to rely on the ever-smiling, ever-present, ever-reliable SPB to be there for them. All…

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    Memory lane: Was it good, bad or empty?

    Each month I keep an eye on the conversations I’m having with people to find topics for my next #OrchChat – an hour of discussion on Twitter about orchestras. Usually the three topics of each chat are quite diverse but so far have somehow bled into each other. It’s really a fascinating hour. Click here to read the transcript of January’s #OrchChat Over the past couple of weeks there is one conversation that has cropped up several times from several sources, including the excellent & brief daily snippet of arts news You’ve Cott Mail, and I was just wondering about your experience in the arts. This topic just might be…

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    First #OrchChat

    Earlier this evening I hosted my first Twitter chat. Thanks to the encouragement, inspiration and sharing of resources from Lisa @PracticalWisdom¬†it seemed to be a success! Well, I certainly enjoyed it, and time simply flew by. And I’m impressed that a conductor from Finland joined in – it was 1am there when we started! The three topics we explored, with very interesting opposite perspectives from performers and audiences, were: Do musicians who played in youth orchestras now advocate for or even attend orchestra concerts? Do concert halls help or hinder the success of orchestras? Why are some conductors marketed and treated like Rock Stars? Click this link to read the…

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    Too adventurous for our own good?

    There was recently an unscientific poll taken amongst office workers in the USA. Whilst a myriad of issues, concerns, quirks and considerations could be used to undermine the results, I’m not really caring. Instead, I’m choosing to see that classical music not only made it onto the list, but is way, way up there in third place.   My favorite relaxation technique is… Walking or jogging – 47% Meditating or deep breathing – 19% Gardening – 12% Doing yoga – 6% Listening to classical music – 15% Total votes: 1147 Apart from the momentary joy, doesn’t this bear thinking about? We have lots of Garden Centers and garden sections of…

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    Feedback for Tapestry Tampa Bay

    Watch the whole video below… Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown presented his brand new composition “Tapestry Tampa Bay” to a new audience in Safety Harbor, Florida, on March 23 2012. Feedback has been amazing and very positive, with requests to orchestrate some of the movements as well as over 5,000 views of the concert video. Check out why… “Brilliant composition. Those of you that missed this concert, you missed out on a great night of beautiful and entertaining music.” -Barbara “Tapestry Tampa Bay” simply amazing.” -Hamby “Absolutely inspiring.” -Bill “I’ll be Back for More!” -Mary “Excellent. Can’t wait for the CD.” -Carlos “Stephen is fearless in a new adventure, ready…