MUSICA SCOTICA CONFERENCE
Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th April
I thought I’d post one last reminder that the Musica Scotica conference registration form is now online! If you’re attending and you’ve already sent your form to Graham Hair, that’s great! Otherwise, if you haven’t registered yet, you can still bring the form and remittance (cash or cheque, but we can’t accept credit/debit cards) with you to the conference on Saturday. We regret that we don’t have online payment facilities.
Link for registration form and conference timetable (Scroll to bottom of page):- http://www.musicascotica.org.uk/conferences.shtml
With the best will in the world, people sometimes get missed off a mailing list, or change their email addresses. Please don’t hesitate to contact friends who might like to join us this weekend, and tell them about the Musica Scotica website. Better be told twice than not hear at all!
I had a wee grumble at our last worship committee meeting. A couple of months ago, I’d written new words and a musical setting of a Scottish folksong, for a choir recessional. A dozen loyal choristers learned it with me, and we gave the debut performance on Sunday. There was only one problem – it was a quiet, reflective little number and some of the congregation decided to talk loudly through it. Kids yelled at each other, and their parent did nothing about it. There’s nothing quite like this for damping one’s spirits!
Of course, no-one had actually asked me to write it, and no-one actually knew I had written it, so it was just another run-of-the-mill “rounding off the service” items that no-one paid any attention to. I hadn’t really any reason to grumble at all. Nonetheless, I was peeved. What was needed, I felt, was another recessional – this time loud, syncopated and energetic. More lyrics were written, and I composed it from scratch in a more modern style. I’m ashamed to say I incorporated some very gaudy, trashy little motifs into the organ accompaniment, but my better nature prevailed and I removed them before completing the piece yesterday evening. So, let’s see if this kind of recessional at least asserts our presence even if we can’t drown out the chatterers entirely! This is how it goes, so far. (I might change a few harmonies, so do come back later and see if I’ve improved upon it!)
Having written my annoyance out of my system, I wrote another blogpost for the IAML(UK and Ireland) website. This time it was about the impact of digital media in music libraries. And it has been posted already – here.
Back from Birmingham where I was “just” an attendee at the IAML (UK and Ireland) music librarians’ conference, today I’m fortunately at home, because it’s … time to get on with organising the Musica Scotica conference, which is only 12 days away. A couple of hours’ emailing and general promotional activity, and I’m ready to close the conference webmail for a little while. Anyone for a Scottish music conference with congenial company? Please do visit the website!
I’m just back from the Annual Study Weekend of my professional organisation, the International Association of Music Libraries UK and Ireland Branch. And what’s the first thing I do upon my return – after checking emails, of course? I dive for my CILIP Continuing Professional Developmento portfolio – that’s the Chartered Instititute of Library and Information Professionals – and log my attendance at the Annual Study Weekend. Revalidation is in the air. I did a staggering 163 hours of CPD in 2014, and I have lots of professional activity of one kind and another in the offing, so I have to keep up to date. Hopefully I’ll check what I have to do, and get my revalidation submitted fairly soon, if I can just fit it in amongst all the other activities!
The problem is, I am one individual with one full-time job, but much of my spare time is going on all the extra activities associated with being a librarian three days a week, and a researcher the other two. I’m almost drowning in it! Here’s what I’ve just noted in my CPD journal:-
- March 2015 – Invited to edit the paper I gave at Musica Scotica last year for inclusion in next Scottish Music Review
- March 2015 – Engaged to give talk at Edinburgh Central Library, Autumn 2015, commemorating 200th Anniversary of the first Edinburgh Musical Festival.
- March 2015 – Applied for and awaiting to hear if I’ll be awarded funding …for a 6-month part-time research project to follow on from the AHRC-funded postdoctoral research that ends in October 2015.
- March 2015 – Submitted article to Emerald peer-reviewed journal
- April 2015 – Submitted article to CILIP group magazine
- April 2015 – Invited to be on organising committee for 2016 conference being hosted at my workplace.
- April 2015 – am on organising committee for Musica Scotica, a 1.5 day conference taking place in Glasgow at the end of this month.
So many opportunities that I feel both energised and overwhelmed. Sadly, decided to cease mentoring activities, and am grateful that my SALCTG convenorship is coming to a natural end next month. There are limits to what the average full-time working parent can achieve in their spare time!
I decided to make the best of my Bass Culture blog contributions more easily retrievable. So here they are!