SUMMER MUSIC CONCERT 2017

Falmouth School students dazzled the audience with a sparkling set of performances at the recent Summer Music Concert. The sheer talent of those performing blew the crowd away in a show that was packed full of diverse and exciting acts.

The packed crowd were introduced by student compere’s Millie Revel and Theo Fleming, who introduced the first act of the night on a jam packed bill. The Brass Group opened proceedings with a rendition of the Rocky theme and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, before a beautiful violin piece by Zoe Osmond.

Tia Head and Eloise Williams performed a lovely duet version of Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Panic Chord’, before Jordan Lanyon played ‘Esmerelda’ by Ben Howard – a difficult piece made all the more impressive by the fact Jordan is only a year into playing the guitar. The flute group put on a bright and sparkly version of the Tchaikovsky classic, before the boys choir had the audience singing along with ‘Little Eyes’ and ‘Angels’.

Theo Fleming took a brief break from his compere duties to perform a piece on the flute, before later taking to the drums and the piano in a busy night for the new Head Boy! There was a foot tapping, jazzy number from the clarinet group and the talented Abiah Wyatt performed her own composition on the acoustic guitar.

The girls group consisting of Millie Revell, Daisy Easterby-Sands, Mabel Radmore and Niamh Miller performed an excellent version of ‘lovesong’ by The Cure (probably now better known for Adele’s cover), before Minnie Harrop gave an excellent solo performance on the piano to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Even My Dad Does Sometimes’.

There was an upbeat number from the sax group, before Lewis Naisey (a recent recipient of the most promising young pianist at the Junior Music Awards) played a superb piece. The pop choir stripped things back with their version of Birdy’s hit song ‘Wings’, before Falmouth College A-Level music student Anna Freeman sang a crowd pleasing rendition of Elton John’s classic, ‘Tiny Dancer’.

The show wound down with the final two acts, firstly with school band ‘Green Aliens and Blonde Girls’ playing the Red Hot Chilli Peppers new single ‘Dark Necessities’ and some impressive slap bass from Tadhg Cullen that Flea would be proud of! Finally the Jazz Band closed an excellent and enjoyable evening with ‘Smooth Operator’ and ‘Watermelon Man’.

Music Teacher at Falmouth School, Mr Fox said “The students have worked extremely hard preparing for tonight with busy schedules and their performances were superb. We thank everyone who came along to support the students and the music department, for making it such a great night.”

French Table Manners – a Crash Course before Plan Your Next Visit to a French Restaurant

Let’s just say you are going to thank your stars for this crash course on French table manners, whether you are invited to a corporate party at a French restaurant or are going for a holiday to France this summer. The French take great pride in their cuisine and food is an integral part of their culture. They almost find it rude when proper etiquettes are not followed.

Don’t Offend Your Hosts

You can pick up some simple tips here so as to save yourself from embarrassment and stop unconsciously offending your gracious French hosts. They are known to honour food with very sophisticated table manners (that can even put the fussy English to shame) and a luncheon is almost a celebration by itself.

Understanding Various Courses

Before we get into the table manners, let’s look at what exactly to expect in terms of the 6 courses in any of the French restaurants. Each meal may or may not consist of all the courses, and it’s crucial that you understand that ‘entrée’ in English menus is actually the main course and their ‘entrée’ refers to the appetizers.

General Table Manners

The manners are given great importance in France. Even within a family, dinners are real formal. Here are a few tips to good table manners:

  1. Like in England, eat with the knife in your right hand and the fork in your left hand.
  2. It is important that you rest your hands on the table.
  3. Wait till the host or the head says – “bon appetite” before you begin eating. Till then, you will need to patiently wait otherwise it’d be considered rude.
  4. It is important that you toast before you drink. Make sure you raise your glass, just to the right height and say, “a votre santé”. If there is a head host over the dinner table, then he/she will be the first to toast and wish “bon appetite” to the guests.
  5. Bread is served at every meal, if there is a side plate missing for putting your bread on, it’s perfectly alright to place it on the table cloth next to your plate.

Table Manners to be Followed in a French Restaurant – Au Resto…

  1. It is considered rude to not greet your server with a pleasant ‘bonjour’ (or ‘bonsoir’ if after sunset) before you start ordering. Your relationship with your server will start off on a positive note if you can do this.
  2. The servers do not wait on you and check up on you throughout, unlike in other countries so do not be offended. They do watch out for cues though.
  3. When you have decided on what to order, put down your menu, closed.
  4. If you need to attend a call and leave your plate momentarily and you haven’t finished your food yet, make sure you leave the knife and fork with their handles pointing out towards the hand so the waiters don’t clear your table.
  5. If you need your server’s attention, a subtle wave or an eye catch would be ideal. If he/she doesn’t seem to notice, say, “s’il vous plait” and DO NOT snap fingers; that’s considered rude. Restaurants like Le Bouchon have servers who are especially well-natured and provide the top service in the industry.

Top Five Live Music Venues in London

London is well-known for its music scene and venues. Irrespective of whatever kind of event it is, whether it is corporate conference, live music, simple get-together, or a seminar, venues in London suit perfectly for your requirements. Here are top 5 live music venues in London  that are worth taking a look.

Boisdale

Boisdale is one of the new venues in London playing the live music. It has gained reputation very quickly and is famous for live Jazz and other performances. Popularity of this particular venue has gone up due to convivial and comfortable surroundings, and top0class facilities. Restaurants at the venue have Scottish-themed menu, including Scottish smoked salmon and lavish Angus beef steak, with super collection of whiskies. Boisdale tops the list with top-notch amenities and stands as the best choice for people who want a great night out.

New Cross Inn

New Cross Inn is one of the greatest pub music venues in London. This particular venue has got very good reputation for hosting some of the best shows and also offers opportunities to few local bands to showcase their talent to public, and prove their worth. With small stage and friendly surroundings, fans can get very close to the musicians. Modest price also allows people to enjoy the live music venues without any concern about high expenses. New Cross inn is a musical gem in the chain of pubs present in London. There is an open mic on Tuesday nights and you can enter for free until 2am.

Nambucca

Nambucca on Holloway Road in London is one of the popular venues for new and upcoming bands to perform and gain good reputation. It was reopened in the year 2010 after being destroyed by a major fire in the year 2008. You can find gigs on every weekend or once in weekday. Other childish entertainments here include Street Fighter 2, Classic Pinball Table, Table Football, and Arcade Machine.

The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep is a brilliant live music venue in London that has won lots of accolades for its superior quality. It is located in Croydon and stages several indie and rock nights. It also hosts break dancing, hip hop, and other genres such as dubstep and techno heads. It is considered as one of the popular clubs for fans, with most of the nights free till 9:00 pm, and you can find open mic night every 3rd Saturday.

The Half Moon

The Half Moon is one of the favourites for London music lovers and still one of the longest running venues.  It has got a pub with more space for hangers and to enjoy the fine wine, food, and delightful company.

The venue has been hosting live events since 1963; apart from live music, it has got an outstanding jukebox for music lovers.

Other Venues to Consider

The Old Blue Last is considered as the coolest pub in the world. In the past, several eye-catching performances from Arctic Monkeys, Diplo, Young Knives, and Lightspeed Champion have been hosted here.

So, go ahead and have a blast at any of these venues, and enjoy great live music in UK.

Hearing aids are music to the ears of this concert violinist

Twenty seven year old musician, Erin, is a first violinist for the Cairns Concert Orchestra, leader of the Cairns Chamber Ensemble and a member of the string quartet Strings 4. Erin’s achievements are all the more impressive, knowing that she has had a degenerative hearing loss for almost twenty years.

As a young child, Erin’s hearing loss went undetected, as it seemed impossible that an extremely talented, budding violinist, who relies heavily on sound precision, could be having hearing issues.

It wasn’t until Erin was 15 years old, after turning the TV volume up consistently loudly, that Erin saw Dr John Wells, who diagnosed her with 20 per cent degenerative hearing loss and was immediately referred to Australian Hearing Cairns.

The team at Australian Hearing assessed Erin further and recommended for her to be fitted with hearing devices, a time Erin remembers vividly:
“Australian Hearing suggested I bring my violin to the fitting, which was a brilliant idea, as we were able to fit my hearing aids to suit my violin volumes. I remember hearing sounds again for the first time in years, including birds singing. It was funny, I actually thought the birds were inside my head as they sounded that close – much to the amusement of everyone around me,” Erin laughed.

School was often a lonely time for Erin. Erin noticed her hearing loss from as early as eight years old, but because her hearing loss wasn’t detected until her mid-teens, it meant that she missed out on social conversations, which often lead to lack of friendships.

Today, Erin has a number of very close friends, and has been living with her partner, Robbie Johnstone, accomplished conductor and violinist, for the last 7 years.

By day, Erin is a Payroll Officer and by night, loves playing in her various music groups, especially performing Classical pieces and modern movie themes. Erin said of her relationship with Australian Hearing:

“Australian Hearing has been fantastic to me, they are like family. They always fit my appointment times around me, not them. The best thing is, that they have fitted me with new hearing aids, as technology advances. Previously, people used to sound like robots to me when I wore my aids.”

“Now, with my new aids, the difference is dramatic. The volume levels are perfect, the filters are so much better, which means I can focus on the sound brilliantly.”

Erin’s Italian made violin is a treasured possession. But her most treasured possession of all are her Siemens hearing devices, fitted by Australian Hearing, because without her hearing aids, there would be no music in her life.

5 Most Popular Types of French Cuisines

Right from a very young age, children in France are taught how to appreciate good food and are surely proud of the culinary reputation that the country holds throughout the world. French food has a culinary tradition that dates back to several centuries ago. The modern French food is an outcome of many centuries of evolution, perfection and a lot of research. It forms an integral part of their beautiful culture. The chefs from France are also known to be one of the most creative chefs in the world; they are known for their ability to satisfy some of the most discriminating types of tastes with some of the most authentic French dishes.

Inevitable Italian Influence

Most of the success and popularity of French food is owed to Catherine de Medicis. She was a Queen who came to power in the year 1533, when she travelled to France from Italy; she brought her own entourage of chefs from Florence. At that period of time, Italian chefs were known to be more experienced than French chefs. They brought in their own techniques and methods that were modified to go well with the food products of France. This kind of cooking was quickly picked up by the people of France and ever since, the country’s influence on French food and practically never ceased.

The Vast region-based variety

The kind of food eaten varies in a big way based on the geographical regions. It can be as varied as very light on the tummy food from the Mediterranean regions of Provence to heavy game-based cuisine of Normandy. The French don’t seem to be too fond of snacks between meals. They have 3 satisfying meals a day. The breakfasts are usually light with just coffee and bread and is followed by a huge lunch and an ever larger dinner (four course or more). Here’s a gist of the different kinds of cuisines of France.

  • Normandy: This region is popular for its great apples and dairy products. This is where the famous Camembert cheese originates. It was first made in the village of Camembert and is an exclusive product of this region. Apples here are not just used in dessert but also in alcohols and cocktails. Calvados is an extra strong brandy made from apples. The most popular beverage that this region is known for is Pommeau de Normandie.  
  1. Provence: The sunny and warm weather of Provence helps with the production of good vegetables and best quality fruits that have a wonderful aroma. Typical ingredients of the cuisine from Provence will have herbes de province, garlic and olive oil. Tatatoulle is a popular vegetable stew which is made of olive oil, onions, zucchinis, tomatoes and pepper. Salade Nicoise is another popular dish which contains tomatoes, tuna, lettuce, black olives, anchovies, eggs and green beans.
  2. Southwest France: The cuisine from this part of the country is made of produits du terroir. Truffles are found all over this portion and the most popular of the varieties are the black truffles which are underground mushrooms. These are rare and are a delicacy. They are cooked with different spices and sauces that can be very aromatic and tasty.
  3. Lyon: This place is the uncrowned gastronomic capital of the country. The city has produces many renowned chefs like Léon de Lyon, Pierre Orsi, Paul Bocuse, etc. It is also home to some of the finest cooking institutes in the world.

There are many more minor varieties that are much adored by the French people. A visit to a good French restaurant like Le Bouchon restaurant, Sherbrooke is a must for a serious learner.

A techno nerd reviews DJ Pauly D

Over the Australia Day long weekend, Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D – he of the 9.1 million Facebook fans (that’s more than double Armin van Buuren – boom!) – set off on his mission to educate Australia in the true, expansive art of DJing. Or something. Sure, this wasn’t a tour for the purists, but it would be churlish to deny the dude has an audience.

As one such fan asked on his Facebook page ahead of the 16+ Sydney show: “What the heck is the dress code? Is it like festival clothes?” Here at inthemix, that wasn’t the only question we were pondering. What would DJ Pauly D play? Would his journey be comparable to Sasha’s five-hour marathon happening on the same night in Sydney?

In order to get some answers, we went to Andrew Wowk: inthemix contributor, chinstroker-approved DJ around town and dance music nerd with “uncompromisingly high standards, an unnecessarily obtuse vocabulary, and at times overly deep and wanky analysis” (his words). The perfect reviewer then, for DJ Pauly D In Concert (Andrew agreed, but had to back up that night for the farewell set from Sydney techno authority Defined By Rhythm, a gig itinerary for Saturday shared by exactly no one else in the city). Of course, this isn’t the definitive review. But it may be the most unapologetically wanky one.