Grace notes: Musings from a music student

Hello and welcome to my first post. To sum me up: I’m a music student in London, I’m Welsh and I play the violin.

When I was four years old I first heard a violin played and decided that I wanted to learn – and despite a phase when I hoped I would get a letter from Hogwarts and become a wizard – it is all I have ever wanted to do.

The music I study is mainly classical but I enjoy listening and playing a variety of styles including folk, jazz, …. and even Abba. In this blog I would like to share some of the music I am listening to and hopefully introduce you to something new. I also want to relate the pieces to the places music has taken me.

My next post will involve a wedding on a barge and an unexpected playing of Beauty and the Beast! However before that I thought I’d share a couple of blogs I like : one musical, the other about a hobby of mine – baking!

The soprano Jennifer Rivera writes one of my favourite musical blogs. (http://jenniferrivera.squarespace.com/blog/month/july-2013) She is funny and shows another side to the opera world, making it feel more accessible to the non-musician. Her blog looks great and has introduced me to new operas.

Since becoming a student I have begun to enjoy baking and have always liked cake eating! I have discovered Edd Kimber’s blog, the winner of the first series of the Great British Bake-off (http://theboywhobakes.co.uk ) . He regularly posts lots of different types of recipes (mainly baking) and there are all sorts of interesting ideas. His recipes are very easy to follow with video how-to’s and lots of images of the various stages. I’m looking forward to trying out some more of his recipes, or persuade my brother to make them for me!

Hope you will visit again soon.

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