Restarting in Cobh

First I want to say a very warm thank you to my students and studio parents, as well as my studio friends, in South Africa.

You people are wonderful.  I will miss you sorely and you must come visit.

I am opening the Studio on the 1st of September, at the community centre in Cobh, Cork.  Ireland is different in that there are 2 full months of summer holidays here.  So the structure of the Studio will be different from our well-organized 4-school-term approach.

If you are in Cobh, and looking for violin, guitar or theory of music lessons, look no further.  You have found us.







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.


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!