The MU has expressed its welcome today for the Government’s plans for music education, at the same time highlighting that this publication represents only a first step in the provision of this key subject over the coming decade.
The summer 2022 issue of The Musician magazine is scheduled to be dispatched in print format to MU members this week. This is the 70th edition for which I have been editor, a role I have fulfilled since spring 2005.
As part of the ongoing Government and Intellectual Property Office (IPO) music streaming work, a small group of researchers have been commissioned by the IPO to interview artists and industry stakeholders about industry contracts.
A superb day at Rimshot Studios, Sittingbourne, in the company of producers Mike Thorne and Greg Fitzgerald, make-up artist Emily Bellussi-Fitzgerald, plus videographers Josh and Reuben, as we collectively shot a performance video for ‘Caring Soul.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
I met up with newly elected MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl and photographer/videographer Jonathan Stewart this morning in London Bridge. This had been arranged so that we could create and deliver a supportive film to the Labour Party Women’s Conference for 2022.
Spent a productive morning with Steve at Printstore in Kingston, working on the design of the labels for the vinyl edition of my Waterloo Sunrise album. These now reflect the inner and outer sleeves, in which elements of the skyline and Thames waterline – captured superbly by photographer Jonathan Stewart – are featured so effectively.