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Choir Overload!!

Choir Overload!!

Latest choir news.. I can’t believe that almost a year has passed since the Montserrat National Youth Choir was born, initially with the founding of the junior choir in June 2013. It seems like only yesterday, but at the same time they have achieved so much. I’m not only talking about the obvious improvement in … Continue reading

When I Grow Up – Show Time!

When I Grow Up – Show Time!

After 8 weeks of hard work it was finally show time. The following is the introduction to the show taken from the programme: Based predominantly on songs from the world of Musical Theatre, When I Grow Up is a musical exploration of the concept of growing up. We look at this idea from the three … Continue reading

BBC News article

BBC News article

Just a quick update… BBC News have just published an article about the project and Sir George Martin’s musical legacy on Montserrat. This was to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay which has been in Montserrat for the last few days. It has been an exciting time for the children here as it visited all their … Continue reading

Montserrat does Musical Theatre!

Montserrat does Musical Theatre!

IDEA STAGE I love musical theatre, always have always will. It was my intention even before arriving in Montserrat to put on some sort of musical theatre production during my time here. I met Alys Jenkins, a children’s theatre director who arrived in Montserrat in December. The rest is history as they say, and come … Continue reading

Montserrat Secondary School

Montserrat Secondary School

At the secondary school (MSS) I have six classes of 2 hours each, which works out at 18 periods in total. I think a full timetable is 25 periods, but together with my time in the primary schools and extra-curricular activities, I wouldn’t say I’m slacking! Most of the students, aged 11-14, chose music because … Continue reading

Primary and Nursery Schools

Primary and Nursery Schools

Primary Schools: When I first got here I was adamant that I wanted to work around the primary schools as well as the secondary school. I certainly got my wish. There are four primary schools on Island and I am lucky enough to deliver music sessions in each one. Across the schools I manage to … Continue reading

A bit of opera

A bit of opera

During my two years at Guildhall I was mainly focusing on developing my skills as a flute player. However, since I arrived in Montserrat it has been my piano skills that have been central to the job. In December I had the great pleasure of accompanying international opera singer Abigail Kelly in a fundraising concert … Continue reading

Emerald Community Singers

Emerald Community Singers

“It’s paradise with a touch of ash, no matter where in the world you roam… Montserrat is home sweet home” These are lyrics from a Montserratian folk song “Still Home Still Nice”. One of my evening commitments during the Autumn term was The Emerald Community Singers, a Folk Choir founded in 1971 with the primary … Continue reading