“Retirement” is a relative term. For me, it has meant the opportunity to relinquish management responsibility. It has also released for creative and productive use the large amount of time required for devotion to the energy-sapping burden of bureaucracy, performativity and accountability.
I remain interested in research through the freedom to pursue topics of interest for their own intrinsic value. I have the time to develop my interest in sound recording and film production but all these things are trumped by the two passions that drew me from my early career with the BBC into teaching and later academic research. After seventeen years teaching in schools and fourteen years teaching and researching in universities, the formulation of those two passions has come to be:
- Creating beautiful music with children
- The intrinsic satisfaction of knowledge acquisition and creation.
Much of my energy now goes into the creation of and operation of a recording studio in the stunningly beautiful upland scenery of the remote far North of England. Projects to be undertaken in that studio are based on a lifetime’s experience of choral work with boys, tempered by a lifetime’s experience of the many social and cultural obstacles that get in the way of creating beautiful music with children, boys in particular.
You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a workshop or talk on any aspect of young male singing. Rates are negotiable but are governed primarily by what really matters – the main reward for me is neither financial nor personal recognition. It is simply the pleasure of seeing children sing and grow in their capacity for fulfilment through music.