QUOTE(dotted quaver @ Jan 24 2012, 09:02 AM)
If it's ABRSM exams I think the entry date was last Friday, though I might be wrong.
TG exams - so entry date varies by centre
Our centre is this Friday.
I'm almost certainly decided not to enter - though I might still just hold out to talk to accompanist/teacher's wife tomorrow, just on the off chance she has any news (such as 'oh, he does this every five years or so, he'll be back next month'. Yes, ludicrously unlikely, but still...) To be honest, I think without someone to help me polish, force me to sightread, teach me how to identify a modulation to the subdominant minor, etc, it's probably not going to work out. But there will be other chances - that's the main thing, if I don't take this exam Right Now, it's really not a problem - other exams, other exam sessions, time will bring other chances.
Mostly now I'm just trying to work out the social niceties - I'm going to reply to my teacher's email, just once I've worked out what to say. Essentially I just want to say "all the best, don't forget me if you do return to teaching in the UK ever!" but I've just got to work out how to word it - you know, do I ignore what's going on or make any reference to it?
I'm also wondering slightly about payment. I pay half-termly, at the end
of the half term. So I owe for the two lessons I've had this term. I pay by bank transfer. So, do I just send a transfer? Do I wait for an invoice? If I send an email, do I mention the money - and if so, how, because if I say "shall I wait for an invoice?" it sounds like I'm querying whether or not I have to pay. And I'm happy to pay.
Of course, whatever has happened to make someone move countries in a hurry probably puts doing invoices at the bottom of their list...
Last night I didn't practise, was feeling very unsettled (didn't help that my mother phoned in the evening with some slightly unsettling news that isn't really unsettiling but not what was needed when already unsettled. Then I had to phone my father and ask him to phone my mother so she could brighten his day as well!!)
Just as I was going to bed, I glanced at the music stand (it's in the bedroom) and there was The English Nightingale staring back at me. I got very angry (not at teacher, just at life in general), on the grounds that here I am, learning The English Nightingale (OK, it's hardly the pinnacle of achievement, but it's fairly iconic in the recorder world!), and nobody is going to be forced to listen to it
So I decided that I will continue to work on it, record it and see how I'm doing, and when I am feeling happy, I shall force my husband to listen to it
And possibly some people at Egham in the social bit in the morning may find themselves forced to admire me
Anyway I've had a potentially Very Helpful PM with some Good Ideas in it
Sorry that's all very long but very useful to get it written down and out of my head - thank you forum for having this thread
F# & Cyrilla - very sorry to hear about your dads.