Manger Musikklag: a new dawn

A new dawn begins in Manger Musikklag, one of Norway's oldest and most successful brass bands. I'm very privileged and honoured that they've chosen to appoint me as their new principal cornet, with several other major changes in place. This opportunity brings me to Bergen, an incredibly beautiful city with a strong cultural scene. Read … Continue reading Manger Musikklag: a new dawn

Self-promotion vs janteloven

It's been over two years since I posted on this blog, and so an overhaul of this online professional portfolio has been somewhat overdue. There's been a few tweaks to represent current activities timed with a recent relocation to Bergen. Notably, a new professional focus on cornet, and graphic design services being offered. It's been two years, because in that time I have been attempting to adapt to a new culture, one in which it seems talking about one's self in public is deeply frowned upon. Since arriving in Norway, the cultural differences have fascinated more than frustrated me. I have learned about 'The law of jante' or 'janteloven' being a concept embedded into Scandinavian societies. It is a subtle yet strong attitude that bonds people together with noticeable contrast to attitudes of UK society. Anyone unfamiliar with it can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Jante At first I thought it was some sort of folk tale, and not to be taken too seriously. Maybe not so literally perhaps these days, but there is undoubtably some sort of adherence to these principles that holds Scandinavian communities together. I respect and admire that enormously, as do Norwegians genuinely respect each other, the land they live on and the cities they share. However, it does present me with some serious head scratching. How to talk one's self up  professionally in order to gain employment without in fact talking about one's self at all?! Discuss!!

Practising practice

This is a short summary of a presentation that I was privileged to be invited to give just over a month ago to some of my colleagues on the subject of managing practice. That is; the practice of practise. Apparently they found this collection of these ideas quite inspiring and motivational, so I have decided to share … Continue reading Practising practice

The p-Lur project – part 1

This is my first post on what will be an insight into my latest project; the p-Lur. Since demand for Lurs is probably not that great, this is more of an experiment for personal satisfaction than any kind of commercial venture. However, I am currently writing a Viking-inspired piece for my group æðelfrìth which I hope … Continue reading The p-Lur project – part 1