Worship as Lifestyle

As has been my tradition, every sermon that I preach will be posted here. This sermon, Worship as Lifestyle, was given at The Salvation Army Devonport on Sunday 11 October, 2015. The Reading was Amos 5:1-15.  There are 3600 seconds in an hour, 86,400 seconds in one day, 604,800 in a week and  over 31 million seconds…

Well, I better have a Well-Being Plan

I’ve practically finished my first week of orientation at the Training College. We’ve had a lot of different orientations – to uniform, to education, to prayer and more. Yesterday, we had a session called “Coping with Change”. We have all had to go through a big change in order to come to the Training College….

Top 5 Violin Showpieces

Violin show pieces are the pieces which are at the limit of violin technique. They are difficult, flashy, and impressive. Here’s my list of the top 10 violin showpieces. Paganini – Caprice 24 Paganini’s 24 Caprices are some of the most difficult for the violin, and being able to play any of them is a…

Favourite Class at College

Just a quick one as it’s late, and I need to be up early tomorrow. My favourite class in college (well, University), would probably have been String Class. This was where we would play for the other string players at uni, and get specific feedback relating to string playing. I remember my first performance, and…

How many instruments can I play?

Thought I’d share a little bit about the instruments that I play, and my journey on them. Violin The violin is my main instrument, and I’ve been learning it since I was seven. I’ve played in various orchestras over the time, played on stage with a band or two, and had a whole heap of…

Music that makes me happy

Inspiration today from the Daily Post topic, which is When you’re feeling down, what music makes you happy? There’s a whole heap of music that makes me happy, and I’m going to share some of my favourites with you and explain why. First up is a bit of an odd choice, as I wouldn’t normally…

Viola

It may seem odd for a violinist to say this, but my favourite sound is that of the viola. It’s mellow, rich tones combined with the incredible soaring sound you get high on the A string, it blows me away. Don’t get me wrong, I love the violin, and given a choice, I’d much rather…

Time Travel

1720, Köthen. Johan Sebastian Bach has just completed his latest composition, Sei Solo – a violino senza Basso accompagnato, or as they are more commonly known, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo Violin. Out of all the dates, all the remarkable events, this is where I would choose to spend an hour if I could…

Success

I went to see Fame tonight, with a few friends. Despite having heard of some bad reviews, I really enjoyed it. Perhaps having not seen the original meant that I could enjoy this on its merits. There were a couple of parts of the movie that really stuck with me that I wanted to share….

Pachelbel Canon in D for Solo Violin

I hadn’t realised that I had forgotten to upload this to my site. This is an arrangement I had made of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, arranged for Solo Violin. It is much adapted and abridged, and makes use of double stops to make the illusion of multiple voices in some parts, while reverting to single…