I am so excited now the Virtual Matinee is getting close.  I think everyone is ready and Rose has been amazing as always, coaching performers about how to do this virtual event.  I am pretty sure she has talked to everyone who did not participate in the July concert, with one exception and I will talk to that family this week.  Thank you so much to all the parents and students who have scrambled time to do the tech check with Rose.  I felt bad because she had to do so many, but she says she loves seeing the students and getting to know them a little.  She also insists that she do them; like mother, like daughter!

I have heard all the students play their pieces and everyone is ready, although one or two need to do some last minute work on their pieces.  But everyone is going to be terrific.  Please don’t let nervousness interrupt your playing.  Focus on the music and where your fingers need to go, and you will be fine.

This brings me to why I do these concerts and have done twice a year for the past 12 years.  It really gives students a goal to work towards, and I see huge improvements when this goal is in sight, as it is this Sunday.  At a deeper level it is about sharing your music with others.  I know I personally just like to play for myself, but I have always been conscious that that is a somewhat selfish attitude and so I make an effort to play for people when I have the opportunity. So be aware that you are sharing and delighting your family, friends and colleagues with your playing. If you make mistakes, or have to start again, do not worry – I have had to do that many times!  Just relax and start again!  

I really want the Virtual Matinee to be a happy and informal occasion so let’s all smile and do our best!  I would like everyone to be in the Zoom meeting from 11 am to the end so you can support your colleagues.  Anyway, you have to stay to hear the final performance, Quinn Barbaza playing Rupert Austin’s arrangement of  Summertime!

Many thanks to three amazing people who have worked to produce this Virtual Matinee:

Rosie Ham (my daughter) email: rosie@rosieham.com – Rose has her own company and teaches event management courses and runs large international events, once live but now online.

Sarah McArdle – sarahmcardledesign@outlook.com – Sarah designed the wonderful program and invitations.

Debbie Lo – debbieloevents@gmail.com – Debbie is an event manager like Rose, and will manage the virtual matinee waiting room.

I also need to thank my partner Carol Thomson (cthomson@firestreammedia.com) in advance because I know full well that I will need Zoom and other technical support on Sunday.  Carol is a web developer and videographer and general technical wizard!