Author Archives: James Boyd

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‘The living curve’ – training underlying principles is the art of great performance

Training underlying principles
Awareness
Awareness has become a buzz word. Mindfulness is a serious subject of scientific study. Eastern philosophy has taught its application in life. Martial Artists train observation and response. And yet in the teaching of music why do I so often hear platitudes that miss this underlying principle of good practise?
Here are a couple […]

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…as I was saying

I haven’t written a blog here since 2012. Three and a half years have flown past. I have been immersed in my work and family life and my attention to technology, including my website, has been minimal.
However I have been inspired to write again after hearing an interview with Derek Sivers founder of cdbaby. He was […]

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‘Sea Change’ launches at the Aldeburgh Festival

My voyage to commission a new repertoire for the guitar was launched on June 9th during the opening weekend at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Read reviews of the concert here:
Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Irish Times
Having lived aboard ‘Concord’ on the River Alde for two weeks prior to the concert I had begun to feel like some figure from […]

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Video: On board ‘Concord’

James Boyd talks about Concord’s voyage and the search for financial support
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW8jq-a2auU
The music on the film is ‘Come Heavy Sleep’ by John Dowland (featured on my album ‘Shapes of Sleep’)
The film was created and edited by Tom Hemsley

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James Boyd and the students of Greshams present…

[ November 16, 2011; 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] James Boyd and the students of Gresham’s bring you Stolen Years, a magical piece of music theatre telling the story of a lost world touched by the shadow of war.
The Auden Theatre, Holt
Tickets: £15.00; £12.50 Concessions; pupils free
The Auden Theatre Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 12.30 – 2pm. Please ring 01263 713444 […]

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Stolen Years returns to the Thames Revival 2011

[ September 10, 2011; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

‘Stolen Years’ will take place at 1900 on Saturday 10th September
on the Barge in the Central Basin
at St Katherine Dock, London

Run Time approx. 60 minutes Tickets £15.
Book tickets here: http://www.thamesrevival.com/HTML/music.html

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Fundraising concert, Itteringham 24th September

[ September 24, 2011; 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Following a successful concert held at “The Balcony”, a second fundraising recital is planned for 24th September at
Itteringham, Norfolk
for further information contact:
tickets@jamesboyd.co.uk
£10,000 has so far been raised to start the voyage and commission the first new composition. This will be a song cycle for countertenor and guitar by Joseph Phibbs, setting poetry […]

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Fundraising concert at “The Balcony”, Burnham Overy Staithe

[ June 22, 2011; 7:30 pm; ] The Balcony Theatre Stokers, Gong Lane, Burnham Overy Staithe PE31 8JG
Tickets: £15
contact: tickets@jamesboyd.co.uk
Wednesday 22nd June 7.30pm
In 1937, East Coast journalist and artist Archie White commissioned the yacht Concord of Mersea from Harry King’s boatyard at Pin Mill in Suffolk. His lovingly kept record of Concord’s early years provides a window onto a lost world touched […]

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Stolen Years

[ September 11, 2010; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Thames Revival 11th September 2010    1900hrs     St Katherine Docks

In 1937 the well-known and well-loved journalist and artist Archie White commissioned my gaff Yawl Concord of Mersea from Harry King’s yard at Pin Mill. His lovingly kept record of Concord’s early years offers a glimpse of a lost world touched by the shadow of war.

Lester Simpson (of […]

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