Jesse B is starting at Trinity College of Music to do a Postgraduate degree on the piano. He wants to be a performer and teacher of piano. He spends most of his time practising and relaxing in the pub and wants to compose in the future.
Peter A comes from musical family, so it seemed only natural to start competing with his mother for time on the piano stool. After finding Chopin's Waltzes too challenging for starters, and convincing himself he had seen J.S. Bach driving a van (!), his mother thought he would benefit from some proper lessons. He focuses on composers who spanned the period between Beethoven and Rachmaninov. He has always been keen to explore the by-ways of classical music, which has led to many hours in libraries, and forests of photocopies! When not looking down at the keyboard, his eyes are looking up at the weather or the stars; he has maintained weather records for 19 years, seen the aurora borealis twice from home and experienced the darkness of the total solar eclipse from Devon in 1999. More recently, he has developed an interest in Chinese culture, and has visited China four times. His piano repertoire now includes Chinese folksongs! Although he graduated in environmental science, he decided to pursue a career in computing, but music has always provided his greatest inspiration.
Anne spent most of her working life in big international companies desperately searching for musicians with whom to sightread chamber music. Since July 2002, she began pursuing a porfolio career juggling teaching statistics, writing a book on electricity, building Web sites, and playing the piano. She enjoys meeting interesting people from all walks of life and sharing the inspiration of music, food, and conversation. She maintains a collection of hilarious parodies and intimate home concerts on her web site of 4 years: analyticalQ.com, a platform for self-expression.
Purple Piano Potluck Punch Party
Everyone wore purple.That was the requirement. Yousif the artist didn't wear purple, so he quietly disappeared to his art studio to paint his hat purple. My neighbour Graham didn't wear purple, so he went home to put on a proper purple shirt.
What did everyone bring? Something that's purple or starts with the letter P.
Peter brought a big papaya from Chinatown and this was soon gobbled up.
Poul brought purple fruit juice to add to the purple punch.
Amanda brought a purple ornament after decorating my garden with her exotic purple flowers.
Jola brought a beautiful purple gladioli and home-made roasted aubergines.
Lucy brought freshly cut pineapples and purple Astor flowers.
Inge brought a potato salad.
Lyn brought a bottle of Pimms.
Dave brought purple clubs which he later juggled with.
We sang the Purple People Eaters, Miss Cecie's Blues from The Colour Purple, and Puff the Purple Dragon.
MORE PHOTOS TO COME!
24 August 2003 Bank Holiday Sunday
Parody: Leavin' on a jetstream by Anne Ku
People who like PURPLE are artistic, temperamental,
aloof, introspective, aristocratic, creative, intuitive, feelingful, regal, spiritual
and creative by nature. Those who dislike it are critical and lacking in self-confidence.