The Bulletproof Musician

I have Ruth Brons (@things4strings on Twitter) to thank for a link to The Bulletproof Musician, a blog solely about sports psychology for musicians, from Dr Noa Kageyama.  He suggests ways to develop courage and confidence, discusses mental practice, slow…

Playing Elgar - with Dr Christopher Kent

Playing Elgar – with Dr Christopher Kent

Elgar’s image-consciousness could put many modern celebs to shame.   As photography got into its stride at the turn of the 19th century, he posed for the camera as the dapper country gent (above) or the distinguished composer about to dash…

Go away, I'm practising

Go away, I’m practising

There’s something about an organ being played – like a traffic accident or a crime scene – that draws a crowd. Some excellent organists simply do not play in public, and I understand where they are coming from.  If your…

What the well-dressed lady organist is wearing this winter

What the well-dressed lady organist is wearing this winter

The default dress for chaps playing the organ is, of course, suit and tie.  Women have more options, and to cope with the bone-numbing cold of winter rehearsal and services, the temptation is to opt for layers of miscellaneous garments…