5th – 18th May 2013

Journal update (5–18 May) which included: Photographing singer/songwriter Helen Lloyd, rehearsing with multi-instrumentalist Nick Hughes, photographing the 351st Mr Punch celebrations, attending the Man Ray exhibition, and classical concert at Christ Church, Mayfair.

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Firstly, I should start this journal entry by pointing out that my music journal is being broadened to include my other creative activities too. In addition to my love of music I am also passionate about photography and the visual arts and I would like to keep a record of my creative involvement with these fields as well. So from now, in addition to my music mania, I will also post details of a range of other culture-vulture stuff.

Photographing Helen Lloyd, Alexandra Palace (Monday 6th May)

Singer/songwriter Helen Lloyd and I had a fab bank holiday Monday doing a photoshoot at Ally Pally. Helen is multi-talented (singer/songwriter/pianist/music producer) she creates beautiful, stirring music. Please check out the photoblog here: http://besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/helen-lloyd.html

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Photographing 351 years of Mr Punch, Covent Garden (Sunday 12th May)

Last year I had such a good time photographing the ‘350 years of Mr Punch’ Celebrations that I started a photoblog with the images I took at the event. My ‘Beside the See Side’ blog is now 1 year old (first post on 16th May 2012). I couldn’t resist returning to Covent Garden again this year to see the street performers and to enjoy another Punch & Judy party. Although the event was smaller than the one to mark the landmark 350 years of Mr Punch, it was still lively, and fun – complete with the world’s smallest Punch & Judy show, Pearly Kings & Queens, & maypole dancing. Here are some photos from the celebrations: http://besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/351-years-of-mr-punch.html

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Rehearsal with Nick Hughes (Wednesday 15th May)

I had my first rehearsal with multi-instrumentalist Nick Hughes on Wednesday. We are planning to do some open mics soon as a duo. Expect lots of different instruments on stage and some folk/pop tunes.

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Man Ray Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery (Thursday 16th May)

If you haven’t already been, I recommend a visit to the NPG for the Man Ray exhibition. It closes next week (27th May) so you need to be quick! This exhibition offers a fascinating journey through the creative life of one of photography’s most influential practitioners. Man Ray’s pioneering techniques, and his involvement with the surrealist movement are illustrated through this comprehensive collection of portraits.

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1 Year of my ‘Beside the See Side’ Photoblog

On Thursday 16th May, my photoblog ‘Beside the See Side’ had its 1st birthday! (Any excuse for a cake eh!) 😉 Huge thanks to the beautiful & talented people who have posed for photos, and to everyone who’s visited the blog and supported the activities over the last year. I really appreciate it x http://besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/

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Concert ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’, Christ Church, Mayfair (Friday 17th May)

I attended a beautiful concert at Christ Church, Mayfair on Friday eve. The performers included Lawrence Olsworth-Peter (Tenor), Christopher Ma (Piano), Laura Bury (Oboe) and Charis Cheung (Piano). They played a collection of classical music including pieces by Schumann, Strauss, Chopin.

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Many thanks for checking out my journal 🙂

Samantha x

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21st April – 4th May 2013

Journal update: My fortnight in music (21 April – 4 May) which included: Universe of Sound Exhibition, Sound Mixing, Performing at Kings Head Theatre Pub, Photographing singer/songwriter Mitch Daniels & percussionist Tom Triggs & attending concert at St James

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I added another tune to my song collection with ‘Counting to 10’. I composed the song whilst I was back in Kent for a few days & it’s the first song to be completed on my new acoustic guitar. Hopefully the first of many.

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Universe of Sound Exhibition (Saturday 27th April)

The Universe of Sound is a fascinating audio-visual exhibition. Visitors are able to conduct, and walk around inside a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra, joining 132 musicians and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, as they perform Holst’s, The Planets, which is displayed on large screens. Every day a different musician from the orchestra performs live and there are also interactive activities for visitors.  It is at Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University until 12th May. I highly recommend it.

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Mixing Sound – St James, Muswell Hill (Sunday 28th April)

I really enjoyed mixing the sound last weekend. It was the first time I’d had completed responsibility for soundcheck duties as well as the mixing desk duties, and I’m pleased to say it went really well. I had a fantastic band of musicians to work with.

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Performance at Kings Head Theatre Pub, Islington (Monday 29th April)

It was good to get back on stage again nearly 2 months away. I used the opportunity to perform a couple of new songs – ‘The Good Around You’ went down particularly well. 🙂 I’ve been focusing mainly on studio, songwriting, soundmixing activities lately, but I was pleased to play live again. Unfortunately my inability to sleep after playing live still remains. Adrenalin + insomnia + post viral fatigue is not a good mix! Eeeek!

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Photographing musicians Mitch Daniels & Tom Triggs, Southbank (Thursday 2nd May)

On Thursday I joined singer/songwriter Mitch Daniels & percussionist Tom Triggs as they busked on the Southbank. It was brilliant – A beautiful location, early evening sunshine and loads of fantastic music 🙂 Plus, I got lots of photographs. Please check out my photoblog here: http://www.besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/mitch-daniels-tom-triggs-busking.html

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Lunchtime Concert, St James, Muswell Hill (Saturday 4th May)

Every month St James Church hosts a lunch time music concert. In November I attended & photographed the performers for my photoblog. In February I performed at the concert. But this time I was able to simply sit back & enjoy the beautiful music. Performers this month were: Rosie Burgering, Bob Bishop, the Highgate Duo, Trine Pearse and Amber Salladin (who also organises the event & is Minister for classical music at St James). The standard was exceptional, and the concerts are free too. Next lunch time concert is Saturday 8th June at 12pm.

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Many thanks for visiting my music journal. Please pop back in a fortnight for more updates, including news of a brand new music project & a photo session with Helen Lloyd.

Thanks

Samantha x

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