A Lovely Day!

My, my….what a busy time I have been having! A day off today, but I shall be celebrating the wedding of a very dear friend this evening! It always surprises me the twists and turns in our lives, the opportunities that come along that we must grab at all costs……but perhaps the most valuable lesson I have learnt recently is to value friendships! Real friendship is timeless, there are no expectations, no pressures, they just are…..and even when we think we have let far too much time pass since we last got in touch….make the effort!

I have been lucky to have some wonderful opportunities lately, especially the many varied concerts I have conducted and the wonderful people that have been on this journey with me! Of course my last blog announced the honour of becoming patron of the EnRich charity….although given the opportunity to think about the request, it actually required no thinking at all. Richard Tolson was a former student of mine who went on to become a colleague. Those who knew him, will agree that he was an inspiration, always smiling, always supportive, always there for you and always nice! He was honest, talented, full of integrity, kind, generous and a great person to be around and was always interested in what you were doing. I haven’t mentioned any of his skills as a musician, great as they were, but it was his manner and enthusiasm that never failed to impress those whom he met. I had the utmost respect for Rich and feel privileged to be able to remain to be a small part of his life, his family and his friends and am very proud to support EnRich.

I have also done quite a bit of travelling lately and as an adjudicator I really do get to hear some wonderful talent and the work of the many festivals that I am fortunate to attend deserve every credit for continuing to provide a platform for performance in so many ways. Truly the work of this dedicated group of volunteers is outstanding and long may it thrive.

Every time I look at my diary….I think oh my I’m busy….then just realise how lucky I am to be doing what I enjoy! The many varied facets of my life centre around music making, but of late some interesting turns have taken place which have seen me back in University…..teaching no less and perhaps the opportunity of renewing my love of contemporary dance….but more about that another time!

The other thing that strikes me every time I travel is how beautiful this country is and how privileged we are to have such amazing heritage and dare I say, it’s always more beautiful when the sun is shining!

So, still a few more rehearsals to do before a little break, but I really would like to thank everyone for all the enjoyment and music making we have done together! Have a great weekend everyone and maybe I will try and blog a little more frequently in future…but don’t count on it!

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EnRich! – Feel very proud and humbled today!

Over the next few days we have some very exciting news which we cannot wait to share with you…
EnRich Trustees are delighted to announce Mr Steven Roberts – a man with a wealth of experience in music and in the wider performing arts – as one of the Charity’s Patrons.
Steven is Conductor and Musical Director of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Honley Male Voice Choir and Sing and Discover. He is also an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals and regularly adjudicates throughout the UK.
Before 2006, Steven also worked at Barnsley College and during 17 years at the College he held a number of posts including Head of Performing Arts and Music, Head of Quality and Director of External Relations. As a result of his time there he knew Rich T well. He said: “I am honoured to be asked to be a Patron of this wonderful Charity which will help support Barnsley people who love the performing and creative arts. Richard was a kind and a very special person and I am sure he would be very proud to know this charity has been created in his name”.
During his career Steven has also been conductor of Dodworth and Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choirs, the Allendale Chamber Orchestra, the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union, Sing Live UK and The Huddersfield Choral Society. He has worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Lesley Garrett CBE and has also been chorus master working with the Hallé Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts with the reformed ELO.
Alongside his choral work he has conducted the Manchester Philharmonic, Derbyshire Sinfonia, the National Festival Orchestra, the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, Black Dyke Band and a variety of other bands and ensembles.
He has conducted at the Royal Albert Hall, London and has also in many international, sacred settings including St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City and Montecassino. He became a Life Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in November 2013 and is proud to be a member of The Lords Taverners. He is also very proud to be Guest Conductor for the amazing Barnsley Youth Choir.
Steven said: “I can find myself travelling all over the world for my work and as an EnRich Patron I will be doing my best to raise the profile of the Charity; to help its success for the people of Barnsley and to ensure Rich T’s legacy lives on”.
Further information is available on Steven’s website: http://www.stevenroberts.net/index.php
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Photo: Over the next few days we have some very exciting news which we cannot wait to share with you…
EnRich Trustees are delighted to announce Mr Steven Roberts - a man with a wealth of experience in music and in the wider performing arts - as one of the Charity’s Patrons.
Steven is Conductor and Musical Director of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Honley Male Voice Choir and Sing and Discover. He is also an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals and regularly adjudicates throughout the UK.
Before 2006, Steven also worked at Barnsley College and during 17 years at the College he held a number of posts including Head of Performing Arts and Music, Head of Quality and Director of External Relations. As a result of his time there he knew Rich T well. He said: “I am honoured to be asked to be a Patron of this wonderful Charity which will help support Barnsley people who love the performing and creative arts. Richard was a kind and a very special person and I am sure he would be very proud to know this charity has been created in his name”.
During his career Steven has also been conductor of Dodworth and Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choirs, the Allendale Chamber Orchestra, the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union, Sing Live UK and The Huddersfield Choral Society. He has worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Lesley Garrett CBE and has also been chorus master working with the Hallé Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for concerts with the reformed ELO.
Alongside his choral work he has conducted the Manchester Philharmonic, Derbyshire Sinfonia, the National Festival Orchestra, the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, Black Dyke Band and a variety of other bands and ensembles.
He has conducted at the Royal Albert Hall, London and has also in many international, sacred settings including St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City and Montecassino. He became a Life Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in November 2013 and is proud to be a member of The Lords Taverners. He is also very proud to be Guest Conductor for the amazing Barnsley Youth Choir.
Steven said: “I can find myself travelling all over the world for my work and as an EnRich Patron I will be doing my best to raise the profile of the Charity; to help its success for the people of Barnsley and to ensure Rich T’s legacy lives on”.
Further information is available on Steven’s website: http://www.stevenroberts.net/index.php