Dotzauer Day 11: On Practising in Miniature

6 April 2018 Standlake   Amateurs practise until they get it right, professionals practise until it can't go wrong. Julie Andrews   I begin the day with new inspiration: yesterday I drove to Cheltenham, to the house of a friend, where I spent several hours playing piano quintets, and talking about life and music, and … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 11: On Practising in Miniature

Dotzauer Day 7: On Posture and the Walnut Tree

2-4- 2018 The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth   I am writing from the camper van in a campsite in Oxfordshire, This is definitely a superior affair compared to the scene of our adventures in Grendon: hard, gravelled standing,  clean bathrooms with spacious cubicles and running (truly) hot, a laundry, a pool, a sauna, WiFi (which … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 7: On Posture and the Walnut Tree

Dotzauer Day 5: On Practising in a Small Camper Van, and On Playing Different Cellos

31-3-2018 Grendon, Northamptonshire   Today's challenge consists chiefly of trying to play a cello in a small VW camper van, perched sideways on the back seat with the music stand jammed up against the back of the front passenger seat, with not quite enough space to use full bows in either direction. The seat is … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 5: On Practising in a Small Camper Van, and On Playing Different Cellos

Dotzauer Day 1: On Travelling with a Cello

27-3-2018 Oxford   ‘Make your choice, adventurous Stranger, Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had.’ ― C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew   So here I am, in the music room of my friends' house in Jericho, Oxford. I'm travelling home today, and there's … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 1: On Travelling with a Cello