News & Journal

Welcome to the news and journal section where snippets of my latest adventures can be found. In the sidebar you can find posts listed by Categories and Tags or use keywords in the search bar. There are all sorts of stories in here, from personal accounts of gigs to progress on projects.

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Annette

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WTW Big Band

WTW Big Band

It’s always a pleasure to play keys for the lovely community WTW Big Band. I first played a guest number with the supporting WTW Jazz Band a few years ago and have since “depped” (filled in/helped out) on piano for a few big band gigs. It’s been my introduction and education in playing with a big band and has come with many challenges, most notably sight-reading!
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Black Sheikhs

Black Sheikhs

In 2016 I joined dancer/choreographer Jessica Murray and dancer Matt Coghill in a new live music and dance show. With music played by the pop and rock vintage jazz style band, The Black Sheikhs, there’s tap dance, Lindy Hop and comedy. For the show I’m excited to have dusted of my shiny silver, LaDuca Roxie tap shoes to pay homage to Ann Miller’s Too Darn Hot tap routine complete with a hot pink costume with tassels, a pair of long pink gloves and a fan!
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Kicking The Mic

http://www.guerilladanceproject.com/music-tech-fest-berlin/

In 2016 I joined Kicking The Mic with Laura Kreifman of Guerilla Dance Project.
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BITES: Remix

Rhythm Talks @BITES Remix

It was great to return to The Albany in Deptford for Upswing and The Albany’s BITES: Remix. Amongst the wonderful acts of Unusual Circus Fusions I performed a rhythmical collaboration with the talented percussionist and vocalist, Devaki Thomas, on a newly created “improvographical” piece called Rhythm Talks.
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Tap dance classes: December 2015

Tap dance classes at Dance Attic in London UK on 2nd and 9th Dec 2015

Tap away the Winter blues this December

Two new dates of TAP DANCE classes (covering for Rachel Chapman) at Dance Attic Studios in Fulham, London (England, UK).

Classes will be on Wednesday 2nd & 9th December 2015 at the following times:

6.30pm Intermediate
7.30pm Advanced Beginners (General)
8.30pm Absolute Beginners

Price: £5 per class
Address: Dance Attic Studios, 368 North End Rd, London, SW6 1LY, United Kingdom
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Tap dance classes: November 2015

Nov 2015 Tap class FlyerI’ll be covering 2x 3hr-session of TAP DANCE classes for Rachel Chapman at Dance Attic Studios in Fulham, London.

Classes will be on Wednesday 18th & 25th November 2015 at the following times:

6.30pm Intermediate
7.30pm Advanced Beginners
8.30pm Absolute Beginners

Price: £5 per class
Address: Dance Attic Studios, 368 North End Rd, London, SW6 1LY

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Keyboard player for Myke Masters Band

MMB/Myke Masters Band2015 has been a busy year for creative projects and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. While I was in the midst of touring with Edmund The Learned Pig I joined the funky, jazz fusion Myke Masters Band (MMB)!
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Aeriella in Edmund The Learned Pig

Edmund The Learned Pig

I play the role of Aeriella, an aerialist with vertigo, in this “gloriously dark, humane, weird little show” (ThreeWeeks) which is “a short and curly tale of itinerant Circus folk and a Pig who taught himself to read” (Fittings Multimedia Arts). The skills I use in this production include acting, dance, aerial silks and percussion.

Bonaparte’s travelling circus and marvellous menagerie has hit the skids. A zoo with just pigeons, an aerialist with vertigo and a Mr Memory who can’t remember his name. No one was coming. And then into their lives came a Pig…

Edmund the Learned Pig goes on a national tour in 2015 starting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015. See below for 2015 tour dates and booking details.
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Annette’s WordPress Tutorial

WordPress for Dummies 6th Edition

In between all the training and creative projects I sometimes sit at the computer and write code. I’ve been doing this ever since I was at primary school. I continued to dabble with code whilst at university and after graduating with a BSc in Photographic and Electronic Imaging Sciences I landed myself a “proper job” as a web coder.

I still occasionally rustle up web pages and email newsletters and often give tips to friends and family but most recently I’ve decided to share my knowledge of web building by launching my own tutorial program.
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Gigs galore: Film, Circus, Music and Tap dance

falloutOld Kent Road
A few years ago I took up jazz piano to help support my tap dance musicianship development. Although I’ve played the odd jazz tune for hoofers at the London Tap Jam (encouraged and supported by one of my past music tutors) I wondered what it would be like to play for choreographed numbers. Well in January I was presented with that very opportunity although it came with a mammoth task of learning set arrangements in a short space of time for a debut performance of Avalon Rathgeb’s bright, young and new tap company Old Kent Road. Nonetheless, it was a challenge I was willing to take on and after 4 weeks of preparation I made my piano solo debut for tap dance with the company’s debut performance at The Place Resolution. An exciting start to the year.
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