The Brecon Beacons – valleys

Following on from my ‘peaks’ images, these images were all taken lower down in the valleys around the Brecon Beacons, in particular the Bran Valley, during the week of 21 March 2016, as Spring was starting to emerge. All photographs taken with Fujifilm X-T10, using 10-24mm or 55-200mm lens. Advertisements

The Brecon Beacons – peaks

I took this series of photographs on a sunny day climbing Pen y Fan, in the Brecon Beacons, with my family. It was a Bank Holiday Friday (25 March 2016), and the mountains were dense with people, but I hope I managed to capture something of the majesty of these slopes nonetheless.   All were…

The ‘ripple’ effect of music on the wards

“It was very touching to see how the music effects relationships between the patient, their loved one/carer and ward staff; it acts as a bridge that brings people together and captures a fleeting moment that can then stay with everyone for a long time to come.” The Royal United Hospital in Bath has been booking…

A Choir in Every Care Home

Our national initiative to explore how singing and music could be made available in all of the UK’s care homes is gathering pace. It is supported by the Baring Foundation, and led by Live Music Now, in partnership with Sound Sense and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre. “This hugely important initiative will bring music to…

A photographic zoo trip

I took these colourful photographs on a trip to the zoo in Bristol yesterday, with my brilliant new XT10 camera. Hope you like them as much as I do! (Can you name all these animals?)                         .  

What is an LMN musician?

When LMN was founded by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in the late 1970’s, the trajectory of a successful professional musician was very different to the portfolio careers that are so commonplace in the industry these days. Outreach work was in its infancy, and most LMN musicians had little knowledge of the audiences they were…

In conversation with Julian Lloyd Webber and Miloš

On Wednesday 8 April, I visited St Margaret’s Activity Centre run by Open Age in London, where an LMN session was taking place for people from the local community and residents from the sheltered accommodation above. This was the first session that soprano Anna Sideris and pianist Jocelyn Freeman had done for LMN, so they were understandably a…