‘Play It Like A Man’ – 4 weeks to go!

Wai-Sum Chong Almost 4 weeks to go!  Not long to the next CFMNE meeting.  It’s gonna be good!

Wai Sum Chong will be delivering the Master Class tips session on ‘Articulation’. Here is Wai Sum’s biog:

‘Wai Sum Chong is a freelance pianist specialising in accompaniment. Based in the West Midlands, she found her niche 7 years ago as a ballet pianist working with companies and schools such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, School of Ballet Theatre UK and Elmhurst School for Dance. She is currently Musical Director of the Midland Theatre Ballet. Apart from her dance – based activities, Wai Sum also teaches piano privately and works with dementia sufferers by performing live concerts at Lost Chord and Music in Hospitals. Wai Sum also plays the djembe and spent a few years learning the violin’

Pretty good!  She will cover:

– What is articulation? Have you got it?
– Physical differences between men and women which contribute to articulation
– Accessing good articulation – technique , listening, imagination, knowledge
– Demonstration – ‘The Good, the Bad , and the Ugly’

First Cohort of CFMNE Sept 2014,l hosted by Millicent Stephenson
First Cohort of CFMNE Sept 2014,l hosted by Millicent Stephenson

– Q and A session

Quite a lot to pack in to the afternoon as we’ll also be jamming, praying, networking and discussing ‘Play it Like a Man’ – what it means, should we do so, your experience of it, it’s impact on your playing.  Lunch will be provided.

Date: Saturday 7th Feb 2015

Time: 1pm until 6pm

Venue:  Unit 8, 62-64 Northwood Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1TT

Cost: £15

Since it’s only 4 weeks to go booking and payment should arrive by 30th January so arrangements can be finalised.  Email Millicent for your booking form and payment details at info@millicentstephenson.com

Spread the word – CFMNE (Christian Female Musicians Networking Event) is for female instrumentalist.  Women who are not Christians or church goers are also welcomed to attend.

 

Our first meeting

Well I did not sleep much the night before the first Christian Female Musicians Networking Event (CFMNE).  I was wondering how it would go and if everything was in place.  The day after the event I slept even less because I was buzzing with ideas for the next one.  How did it go? Exceptionally well!  The sisters prefer CFMNE! Here are some of their comments:

  • ‘I was able to go for it the next day in my playing because I saw how other women played with confidence and energy’
  • ‘I feel fired up to go for my dream’
  • ‘I’m glad I came because even though I am not a good player I was able to participate’.
  • ‘Really enjoyed it! I’m looking forward to the next one!’
  • ‘Really encouraged by the get together especially the prayer time, sharing and jamming’.
  • ‘I was struggling to come, but I’m glad I made it!’

As with all good things there was not enough time to talk about every aspect of our musical experiences but we covered how and why we play, how we describe ourselves musically, highs and lows, where we are now and our direction. The jam session was not competitive and it allowed everyone, irrespective of their level, to participate in creating new music and to vibe on covers. In the prayer session the focus was about our personal targets for our music.  Some women preferred quiet meditation while others prayed together, very refreshing.

At the end of the afternoon we discussed the way forward for future networking events and decided on the following:

  • Twice yearly meetings. Each session covering different topics.
  • As the term ‘musician’ can include singers, attendees felt that the initial events should focus on the needs of those who play instruments.
  • Women musicians who are not Christians are welcomed. Women who have a faith but do not attend church are also welcomed.
  • This networking event is Christian based and Prayer, discussions about Christian worship services and biblical references are part of the sessions. Any woman who does not want to participate in prayer can opt not to do so.
  • ‘How to’ tips about playing or music knowledge should be included in the sessions.

By the way, fantastic lunch from ‘Blue Lagoon’, thanks Clive!

Next date:  Saturday 7th February 2015

Theme: ‘Play it like a man

See the Debut Event (6th Sept) page for why the event was set up.

Sisters prefer CFMNE

First Cafemnee meeting 2014Well I did not sleep much the night before the first Christian Female Musicians Networking Event (CFMNE).  I was wondering how it would go and if everything was in place.  The day after the event I slept even less because I was buzzing with ideas for the next one.  How did it go? Exceptionally well!  The sisters prefer CFMNE! Here are some of their comments:

  • ‘I was able to go for it the next day in my playing because I saw how other women played with confidence and energy’
  • ‘I feel fired up to go for my dream’
  • ‘I’m glad I came because even though I am not a good player I was able to participate’.
  • ‘Really enjoyed it! I’m looking forward to the next one!’
  • ‘Really encouraged by the get together especially the prayer time, sharing and jamming’.
  • ‘I was struggling to come, but I’m glad I made it!’

As with all good things there was not enough time to talk about every aspect of our musical experiences but we covered how and why we play, how we describe ourselves musically, highs and lows, where we are now and our direction. The jam session was not competitive and it allowed everyone, irrespective of their level, to participate in creating new music and to vibe on covers. In the prayer session the focus was about our personal targets for our music.  Some women preferred quiet meditation while others prayed together, very refreshing.

At the end of the afternoon we discussed the way forward for future networking events and decided on the following:

  • Twice yearly meetings. Each session covering different topics.
  • As the term ‘musician’ can include singers, attendees felt that the initial events should focus on the needs of those who play instruments.
  • Women musicians who are not Christians are welcomed. Women who have a faith but do not attend church are also welcomed.
  • This networking event is Christian based and Prayer, discussions about Christian worship services and biblical references are part of the sessions. Any woman who does not want to participate in prayer can opt not to do so.
  • ‘How to’ tips about playing or music knowledge should be included in the sessions.

By the way, fantastic lunch from ‘Blue Lagoon’, thanks Clive!

Next date:  Saturday 7th February 2015

Theme:Play it like a man

See the Debut Event (6th Sept) page for why the event was set up.

Millicent Stephenson

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