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FEBRUARY 2021

My review of Violeta Vicci’s ‘Mirror Images’ CD.

#Aldilà #Bach #CDReview #ClassicalMusic #ContemporaryClassicalMusic #Elegia #Florentz #ImogenHolst #Improvisation #MartinSlidel #MartinSlidelMusic #MirrorImages #MusicReview #NewMusic #Partita #Sarabande #Söderlind #Sonata #Soprano #Viola #VioletaVicci #Violin #Vocalise #Voice #Ysaÿe


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JANUARY 2021

Happy new year, everyone… Here is my new Blog plus a new Classical Music review. With thanks to John Cronin at Music and Media Consulting. 

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#Bach #Baroque #Classical #ContemporaryClassical #Download #JoeyRoukens #JosquinDesPrez #Lasso #MartinSlidel #MartinSlidelMusic #Martinu #ModernMusic #Mozart #MusicReview #Navis #Presto #Reflections #RoelandJagers #SarahKapustin #Toch #Viola #Violin


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DECEMBER 2020 

Apologies for lack of updates. As a supply teacher in my day job, I was taken off furlough (of a reduced percentage) at the beginning of September, when schools reopened, but with no work to go back to. I have been on Universal Credit since, with much-reduced bookings for work. I have been told that I have three months to find a teaching ‘job’ before I must ‘accept’ any other ‘work’ on minimum wage. It is how the UK supports educators in times of crisis: it does not. I created a sustainable situation networking with several schools over many years. It enabled a creative life which is now a challenge.

Personal woes aside (we have all had them this year) I benefit to a greater degree from the support and care of friends, and would like to extend to them, and to everyone reading this, a peaceful and contented Christmas break with happiness and stability to come.


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NOVEMBER 2020

My latest project is the music for a new phonics song for All Kids ABC “designed with autistic kids in mind,” with whom I have worked extensively. It in turn inspired a new piano piece For Elon.

#AllKidsABC #ASD #Autism #ChildrensSong #Education #MartinSlidel #MartinSlidelMusic #Music #MusicComposition #NewMusic #Phonics


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MARGARET NOLAN 1943–2020

My good friend Margaret Nolan has passed away following a long illness. Maggie made many contributions in writing, and with visual art, as well as performing, for my poetry collective during the 2010s – of which she was fiercely supportive and proud. This is my 2013 photo of Maggie alongside an example of her intriguing work in photomontage. Taken at a private view in London, it holds one of many very happy memories.

The New York Times obituary is a concise, true and honest reflection aligned with Maggie’s concluding words from our 2012 discussion.

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