I have always had an interest in music ever since I heard my parents singing Gilbert and Sullivan and, from the day I first heard a tune called ‘Caravan’ which, as I later discovered, was performed by Duke Ellington. I have also been playing guitar of different types since I was twenty and have added to this the ukulele.
I have been a Trivia Master for the past twenty years so I have had plenty of experience with a microphone and, having been a teacher for more than forty years, I have had to learn to project my voice and to master the art of understatement.
My interests are:-
Music - both playing and listening and, more recently, presenting.
I am writing a novel – plenty of music references in it.
I still enjoy some occasional teaching.
Currently I present Classical Interlude and Jazz Junction on alternate Sundays.
Classical Interlude covers a wide range of musical genres including baroque, the great Masters such as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, operatic solos and duets, waltz music, classical religious music and contemporary Australian classical music.
For me Jazz Junction has a heavy emphasis on the Great Swing era of the Thirties and Forties, the ‘cool jazz’ of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and other Fifties and Sixties maestros and lighter ‘café jazz’ exponents such as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall and Sarah Vaughan. I also promote local jazz musicians such as Robyn Brown and Dan Bolton.