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*UK INTERNATIONAL RADIO DRAMA FESTIVAL, CANTERBURY Because of the virus situation this has had to be postponed until the Autumn.
This up-and-coming festival is becoming well-known; this is its sixth year. Free entry to all listening events; 50+ plays in 20 languages; the wonders of electronics mean that you can follow every play in English. Details of the plays are being posted on our Canterbury Festival page. This year we are based in the historic Eastbridge Hospital building. It will be a fun week - make sure to call in if you are within range of Canterbury. 10am-5pm except Mon (10.30 start) and Wed (9.30 start). Date will be announced here sometime during the summer.
*LEICESTERSHIRE HERITAGE APPLES PROJECT Grafting courses, obtaining Leicestershire apple trees, orchard management, pruning neglected apple trees, breeding new varieties, apple tastings and other things to do with apples: see our Leicestershire Apples News and Events page for 2020.
EKEGUSII - AN ENDANGERED LANGUAGE
Kennedy Bosire is the instigator and Director of the
Ekegusii Encyclopedia Project (EEP). He has compiled an encyclopedia of
his mother tongue - Ekegusii, the language of the Abagusii.
The PRINTED VERSION is now out and can now be purchased online or by emailing us. Any of you with relatives / contacts / friends in Kenya, or who work in University language /liguistics departments - please spread the word!!
My friend Sandi, who has written BBC radio drama in the past, now has eleven of her books online, as Kindle editions. There's something for everyone - but the recent addition which has caught my eye is a collection of waspish short stories called 'Bad Apples'. They remind me very much of Ray Bradbury. There's a lovely tale called 'Holes' which most men over the age of fifty will recognise ... and other surprising tales..... Take a look... . UPDATE..... new book of short stories: SHADOW DANCING...... and I'm presently reading her novel "The Far Side Of The Moon" - an exciting tale in the same genre as "A Fall Of Moondust" by Arthur C. Clarke.
GREYFRIARS SUITE & CHOPINATA
I have just recorded the 'Greyfriars' Suite and the unpublished Concert Waltz by my late friend Thomas Arnold Johnson. I am grateful to Naveed Haque in Toronto and Stewart Clarke of 'Friardale' for making the manuscript of The Greyfriars Suite available. My own arrangement of 'Chopinata' by Clement Doucet, which is based loosely on Chopin's waltz op 64 no. 2 is now recorded and is here . For a paper copy of the Chopinata arrangement, please email.
Over the last year or so I have delved a little into 'Youtube', which is fast turning into an amazing resource. I am listing some of my favourite Youtube clips; click on the logo to see them:
I am also putting online some of my own piano recordings, mainly early music, recorded over a 20 year period. See piano collections .
DIGITAL SOUND RECOVERY Nigel does a small amount of digital audio cleanup; click on the heading for details. If you're interested in what can be done, try these 'before' and
'after' recordings from an unidentified radio play.