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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Fundraising to save Blackheath Conservatoire.

The Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and the Arts - a fantastic music centre in South East London that employed me for over 3 years - is in danger of closing if sufficient funds aren't raised quickly.

I am involved in two fundraising activities - please do come along to one/ both!






Sunday, 2 December 2012

"It's Christmas time, bells are ringing again..."



TODAY is the biggest day for me in my professional music career.

Over the last 5 months, I have been writing, recording and publicising a project which has not only taken over my waking life but also my dreams and subconscious thoughts!  Every bike ride has been accompanied by tubular bells; every post office trip, a shaking of sleigh bells.  And it has all been working towards this day, when everything is finally in place.

It's the release of my Christmas song - Let the Light Shine Down - which has been recorded by the children at my primary school in Bermondsey.  The children are from an under-privileged area, so having the experience of going to the BBC studios (meeting John Major - although none of them knew who he was of course!), being featured on a YouTube video, and having the chance to sing on the stage at Westfield in Stratford has been an enriching part of their primary education.

At the BBC studios - getting excited about recording.

We are selling the song to raise money for a music charity - Music as Therapy International - which works with teachers and carers to provide musical therapy for disabled children and adults.

Our aim is to sell 3,000 copies this week - this will mean that we make enough money from single sales  (the song only costs 99p) to make a decent donation to the charity, and also have a chance of getting into the UK top 40, thereby continuing the amazing experience for these primary school children.

So please consider buying a copy, and spreading the word around with your friends and colleagues - particularly people who are involved in the music business for whom this cause is so relevant.

You can buy it on iTunes for 99p: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/let-the-light-shine-down/id577926410?i=577926474&ign-mpt=uo%3D4



Thank you so much, and happy December!




Saturday, 1 December 2012

A Christmas ditty.

Folks!

TOMORROW I'm releasing a Christmas song!  It has been 12 months in the making - from writing a simple melody at the school piano last December, to recording the band, recording the children, and organising more trips than I can count!

The project is to sell enough copies of this single to raise money for the charity Music as Therapy International.  We need to sell about 3,000 - so please buy one and tell all your friends about it!  If we sell this many, we should be able to make it into the UK TOP 40, so all your support would be truly appreciated!

Have a listen on YouTube:

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A short tour in numbers...

From Thursday 25th October - Wednesday 31st October...

6: Counties played in.
22: Counties travelled through.
7: Gigs played.
5: Different ensembles played with.
3: Tunes relating to Hallowe'en played.
1: Hats knitted.
2: Balls of wool purchased.
4: Blog entries written.
52: Photos taken.
57: Times I've listened to the Christmas song (whilst making the promotional video on YouTube - see what all my effort has produced!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRSifKPW5TI)
1. New songs learnt (Bouncin with Bud.  Thanks, Dan! - it's hard!!)
5. Beds slept in.
1. Coaches slept on.

Photographic evidence follows:
Pre-gig dinner with the band in Barnstaple

On stage at the Barnstaple Fringe Festival

Strange backdrop at our gig in Monmouthshire!

Dan Whieldon and me at Smith's restaurant, Eccles

The hat is finished!

Top 10... I need your likes on Facebook!

No top 10 this month... not because I can't think of anything, but mainly because the only thing occupying my mind is my Christmas song!  So if you could take a minute to go on Facebook and like our page, and watch the video on YouTube, that would be much appreciated!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRSifKPW5TI
https://www.facebook.com/RiversideChristmasSong

2012 Charity Christmas Song

This year, I'm releasing a Christmas song for charity.  It's called Let the Light Shine Down, and I have recorded it with the children from the primary school where I'm working at the moment.

It'll be released on 2nd December 2012 and I urge you to buy it when it's ready!!  It'll be a digital release only, and all the proceeds will go to Music as Therapy.  We're hoping to get into the UK top 40 for the first week of December.  Please help this to happen!

You can start by connecting to our online sites:
https://www.facebook.com/RiversideChristmasSong
https://twitter.com/RiversideXmas
http://www.riversidechristmassong.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRSifKPW5TI

Thank you!!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

CHARITY TEA PARTY!


Lovely friend Daisy Coole is launching her cake-baking business on Sunday, at a charity tea party.  Here's the info:


SUPPORT NATIONAL BAKING WEEK IN AID OF GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY

On Sunday, 21st October 2012, Hampstead cake company Coole Cakes will host a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

From 3pm to 5pm at the Kentish Town Community Centre in Busby Place, children and adults alike will be able to drop in for a delicious array of cake, cupcakes and bite-size treats.

The Tea Party shows support for National Baking Week (15th – 21st October) during which cake enthusiasts across the country will be asked to bake and sell scrumptious treats to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Daisy Coole, founder of Coole Cakes says:

“I can’t think of a better way to launch our business than by supporting National Baking Week and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. We hope to raise lots of money for a wonderful cause.”

Hayley Richardson, Senior Fundraising Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity says:

“We’re delighted to be teaming up with National Baking Week this year and would like to thank Coole Cakes for organising the Tea Party. The money from National Baking Week will make a real difference to patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital by helping us to deliver our world class care in 21stcentury facilities. We are improving our facilities and increasing our capacity so we can treat more children.”

For more information on National Baking Week 2012 please visitwww.nationalbakingweek.co.uk or the work of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, visit: www.gosh.org