Colab begins…

Harry, Charlie and Louis while arranging the Paragon Rag for a group of 9

Today I start the glorious fortnight at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance that is Colab! The college is becoming well know for its fortnight of creative project making that has now been running annually for several years.  It is a wonderful opportunity to learn something new either with your instrument or without, it’s about broadening your creative horizons and discovering new skills and learning how to work with others on a level that other musical institutions do not teach.

Now in my fourth and final year at Trinity Laban I consider myself well versed in the weird and wonderful experience that Colab is.  My projects have ranged from semi-improvised film scoring to cabaret and Klezmer, this year I am set for a week of Ragtime tutored by jazz trombonist Malcolm Earle-Smith.

This morning Malcolm kicked off the day with a lecture about the history of ragtime taking us from its origins in military music to becoming the most popular music of the day.  Plans are underway though we have had run throughs of the Paragon Rag and discussion on how we are going to continue to arrange it to work for the group.  Apologies for dodgy sight-transposition and iffy notes!!!

Coping at University With a Chronic Condition

As I’m all about sharing great articles and advice, I thought I’d share a really helpful blog that a friend of mine wrote.  She has a chronic condition called Hypothyroidism, and auto-immune disease that affects your metabolism causing you to feel chronically exhausted among many other unpleasant symptoms.  This blog shares her experiences of being in university with this and provides some really helpful practical tips on how to manage.

I don’t have a chronic condition like Hayley but I grew up with a parent with some very debilitating conditions and I understand how much of an impact they have on your life.  Please take a read of this lovely article and please share it with anyone you know going through something similar.

Hayleytompope – Coping at University With a Chronic Illness