Thank you for a lovely concert

Dear Students, Parents and Friends of the Studio

Thank you for an amazing concert last night.

I wanted to hold a speech the way Iain used to, but I’m simply not cut out for this.  We missed him terribly, and his guitarists too.  Nevertheless, we had four (!) hours of music.

Almost Everybody arrived!

The concept we started last year, with having all children on the stage at the same time, works.  A lot of walking on and off was avoided this way.  Furthermore the instruments were safely in the hands of either the players or the parents, which gives a teacher immense peace of mind.

Our youngest player was four!

We also had “veterans” – old students of ours who have long since evolved into performing musicians – gracing the stage with their music, and also friends who had joined our ensembles.

Iain’s “Trad of the Isles” ensemble, after the horrible shock in January which nearly shook it apart, has regrouped.  They played, and gave us some lovely traditional melodies, and are luckily now picking up more players again.  Iain never wanted the music to stop.  They also brought a song that he composed (an E-tolls protest song called “The Highwayman”).  That was very special.  It is a rock song but it was surprising how well suited it is for Trad.

After the concert, while people were having some lovely food (thank you!) in the foyer, some of us just wouldn’t quit the stage.  The acoustics of that place are so alive!  We “duelled” parts of the Bach Double Concerto for 2 violins, doing “doubles” like in tennis, with 3 violins and an oboe.


More pictures and vids will hopefully come in through the week. I will post them once I have them.

In total it must have been one of the longest concerts we’ve had yet.  We usually aim to keep them under 2 hours, but in this case everyone wanted to bring a tribute…

Thank you.  It is deeply appreciated.



Studio Concert, 3 June

Sweet Students and Parents

I know this concert will be bittersweet in every way.

Let’s make it the best, musically.  Let’s all practise hard and make this one special.

Studio Concert:

Saturday 3rd June 2017

16:30 for 17:00



See you there.

Restarting the year

Dear Students & Parents

Thank you for your solid support during this difficult time.

Lessons have restarted and are going on at the usual pace.  I will work out individual schedules with each of you who have lost lessons due to the tragedy.

We have 1 potential venue for a Ceilidh, and we have 2 potential guitar teachers, for the guitar students who wish to continue with lessons at a referral. Please, guitarists, do come to our Ceilidhs still, and if you can, our concerts.  It would be empty without you!

We also have taken aboard a piano teacher who is prepared to drive out to students.  Please message me for details.

Arts at Sussex has kindly offered their venue for the Junior Orchestra, on Saturdays.  This is accepted gratefully.

Iain would not want the music to stop!  Please keep on practising.


Your teacher Lyz


Terrible news

Dear Students.

My husband Iain was shot in a house attack last Thursday.

There will be no lessons this week, violin lessons will resume next Monday (30 January).  Sorry about the factual tone, I need to arrange things.  Please message me rather than call, it is easier from many angles for me.

Your teacher Lyz

Studio starts on the 16th.

Hi all, welcome to 2017.

The Studio starts with lessons on the 16th.  Junior orchestra will resume Saturday the 21st.  We had fun last year but we also saw some impressive progress, lets make this year even better.

I am particularly proud of all my students who learned how to practise, last year.  Self-discipline is not a straightforward thing. Even for adults learning a new routine that happens every day, weekday or Sunday regardless, is not easy.  But it does get results, doesn’t it?  Have you noticed how it lifted your whole thinking onto a whole new level?

So as the holidays draw to a close, don’t be sad.  Be excited!  A new year full of bright new stuff to learn and do, lies ahead.  🙂

See you wonderful kids and adults at lessons!

Thank you for a wonderful Concert, & come party at the Ceilidh

I don’t have photos and vids yet from yesterday’s concert, but want to tell all who participated, whether as players, helpers or audience:  Thank you SO much!

It was a fabulous concert.

The new format works a lot better, that is thanks to my friend Eloise Hellyer, who gave me the idea.  We had in the past partially implemented something like that, but never completely.

This time, we did a few numbers with the orchestra, and then all the violin solos in one go.  This cut out a lot of dead time walking on and off, falling over music stands, shooshing kids backstage and so on.  Also a big thankyou to the parents who kept their excited children sitting quietly with them while the strings ensemble and guitarists performed first.  This worked very well.

Part of the purpose of the concerts is of course to teach children how to listen to other people’s performances.  This is not something a person is born with, and it is different from school as no explanations are given with the music and no notes are taken.  So it is an entirely internal experience for the listener, translating the music into his inner world.

Please remember the Ceilidh at the end of this week, to celebrate the year that has passed and give the holidays a good starting impetus.  🙂

See you there!