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 6: Away in a Manger vs Dotzauer

1-4-2018 Wellingborough, UK     It's Easter Sunday, and having decamped from the drowning-in-mud campsite at Grendon, we are at a motorway Hotel. I am using my metal mega mute, and have the television on, to avoid bothering my neighbours. It's a programme about the Easter Story, and bizarrely, the Scottish presenter is singing Away … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 6: Away in a Manger vs Dotzauer

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