RSCM – A church music organisation with local interests

May 12, 2019

Before I became Director of Music at St James, I had already heard of the RSCM – an organisation dedicated to developing and preserving the very best in church music in the UK and overseas.

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What I didn’t realise was how interested they are in their local members. Read the rest of this entry »


Matters Arising / AOB

October 19, 2014

I’ve been meaning to write some of these things up for a while, and failed to do them when they came to mind periodically. Hopefully I’ll cover off a few that needed saying sooner and you can take the appropriate action. Read the rest of this entry »


Big Yellow Taxi?

August 27, 2014

So they paved Paradise and put up a parking lot…

The Old Library. Monumental.

The Old Library. Monumental.

We’re short a pink hotel but there’s plenty of boutiques and music venues. And a huge library standing empty. Read the rest of this entry »


Running in circles

July 29, 2014

Last year, I announced I had begun running on Saturday mornings in Walsall Arboretum. Parkrun has since become a regular feature of my weekends. To date I’ve clocked up 44 runs, covering a total of 220km which otherwise wouldn’t have happened.

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Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard

November 26, 2013

I think it’s important that these days school students know it’s OK to be visible. I suppose it’s always been OK, but as recent initiatives in schools and numerous feel-good videos on YouTube will tell you, standing up to the bullies by standing with the underdog is a powerful and effective strategy and the best way to achieve this is to make the little guy visible.

This is more difficult if you’re a young person travelling through a city centre to commute to school. On the one hand, it’s safer in a city not to stand out too much for fear of attracting attention. On the other, it’s possible to look so small and vulnerable that you automatically become a target. Read the rest of this entry »


Best Thing Ever :-)

November 1, 2013

“Best Thing Ever” – that’s how my new job was described by a friend on Facebook last Friday, when I announced to all and sundry that I had a new job.

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Verbal contracts – they aren’t worth the paper…

November 1, 2012

I played my first ever Blues gig as a solo artist on October 14th, 2012. It was an utter disaster.

In their defence, the promotions company probably didn’t realise I wasn’t a regular pop covers artist, and I’m not blaming them for that. Read the rest of this entry »


I made mead.

January 7, 2012

I’m having a lot of fun home brewing. Read the rest of this entry »