Cumberwell Park

Another rewarding day at Cumberwell Park, the challenging golf centre at Bradford-on-Avon just outside Bath, in aid of the Bath Cancer Support Group & Dorothy House. I had played in the competition, organised by Sarah and Neil Davies, in 2017 and 2018 and it was very pleasant to compete in its first return after the pandemic.

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Mylar

I drove up to Stoke Newington this evening to see up and coming four-piece Mylar perform at basement club The Waiting Room. The band are fronted by lead vocalist and bassist Tom Short, son of my long-term friends, Chris and Jane.

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BAFTA

A busy two days in the centre of town, as all the MU staff and officials gathered at the Park Plaza in Waterloo to formally launch the start of the new era at the Union under the leadership of newly-elected General Secretary Naomi Pohl and Executive Committee chair, Alex Gascoine.

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Revival Abbey Road

A wonderful day at Abbey Road in the company of producer James Reynolds as he oversaw a string session in Studio 2, led and arranged by master arranger Pete Whitfield. This was the last of three days’ work, all scheduled for vocal and instrumental contributions to the debut release on the Revival label.

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Bramall boxers

I could be found in Sheffield today, at the home of the Blades, Bramall Lane. I had been kindly invited by former striker Tony Agana to their home match with AFC Bournemouth. We arrived at the ground just before 11am and immediately ran into local legend and former England star, Tony Currie, once voted the club’s greatest ever player.

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New era

A busy day, which began with an early visit to Printstore in Kingston to drop off MU promo materials and merchandise. These were added to the newly printed posters and postcards and ready for delivery to the International Centre in Bournemouth this weekend in time for the start of next week’s NEU Conference.

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Blue sky coast

A very pleasant weekend in Bournemouth. On Friday evening I met up with long-time friend Mark Batchelor and a new contact Liz Stacey, violinist in the ELO Experience, at the Hilton in the centre of the town. A short walk to the Pavilion and we took our seats for a performance by the band, who delivered a superb run-through of the Jeff Lynne songbook.

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The Musician (spring)

The spring 2022 issue of The Musician is being dispatched by email in digital format to MU members this week. The contents include profiles of rapper Shao Dow and Scots traditional singer Iona Fyfe, plus a report from the ABO Conference in Glasgow; the pros and cons of releasing music on vinyl; how music teachers can boost their businesses; and musicians make the most of TikTok.

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