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The year long funding application!

Wow! It took me a year to fundraise for my project. I received the good news but my reaction was not as expected. Yes I was pleased, but utterly drained by the whole process. Another few days for it to sink in and I was really happy and excited. Fundraising is ...

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DaDaFest 2018 takes on themes of living and dying under the title of: Passing: What’s Your Legacy

DaDaFest in Liverpool has held a big place in my heart since the early 2000s. I know there are many disabled / Deaf artists and allies who feel a powerful emotional connection to the DaDaFest International Disability Arts Festival and look forward to when it comes around. The popularity is very ...

Playing the Proms in the Park and the BBC Relaxed Prom

My time with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been unbelievable, but the last few months especially have been a real whirlwind. From what began as just an idea I had over 4 years ago, to performing at the BBC Proms alongside the full orchestra, I can hardly believe that it’s ...

Kaarisilta – A hidden gem in the woods of Finland

In late August Tanya and Jennifer traveled overseas to Kaarisilta in Finland, near the small town of Lahti. What we found trapped between trees were some beautiful old farm buildings that, since 1986, have been transformed into the centre that supports disabled artists today – the chicken hut is ...

A Year at the BSO

I have now been at the BSO for a year, and during this time so much has happened. When I started last June, we didn’t have a composer, no performance dates, an ensemble name or any musicians! In twelve months, we have gone from plans and ideas to featuring in ...

BSO Resound

I’m now over half way through my 18 month placement with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and while we have already done so much there is still more to do. Since my last blog post the BSO have launched their new disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound. I am delighted to welcome the ...

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Loving Music Hating Racism – Basil and me

Being involved in Love Music Hate Racism is one of the greatest, most rewarding things I have ever done. Racism is a evil epidemic of discrimination which highlights the way the establishment divides us and causes mistrust within our communities. Differences strengthen society; not weaken it. Diversity enriches our culture ...

New Year, New Challenges

2017 was a busy but exciting year and I have now successfully been working at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for six months. These months have gone by so quickly but a lot has been achieved in this time. Conferences During my time with the BSO, I have attended some fascinating conferences. On ...

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Piss, Productivity and Phillip Hammond

At the end of 2017 I had one of the worst few weeks I can remember in terms of impairment pain, discomfort, immobility and general health problems. A routine medical appointment resulted in three admissions to A&E for suspected urinary retention, emergency catheterisation and severe bladder pain. I don’t usually write ...

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Decisions, decisions, decisions!

 Composer-in-residence It is safe to say that I have settled into my role at the BSO and still loving it! Since my last post, we have recruited Alexander Campkin as the ensemble’s Composer-in-Residence for the ensemble about which I am so delighted. The journey from whittling down to 1 composer from ...