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

Training underlying principles
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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Toward the Sea

In Toward the Sea I have brought together some of England’s finest performers and composers to begin the creation of a new repertoire for guitar and guitar with voice. New music is at the heart of this idea and it will be inspired by the sea and by my forthcoming voyage from Aldeburgh to Orkney […]

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Video: On board ‘Concord’

James Boyd talks about Concord’s voyage and the search for financial support
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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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:

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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
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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