Jack Littlewood began playing the piano when he was seven years old. He
gained his London College of Music Diploma at the age of twelve but, always
having had an interest in the sciences and medicine, his studies led him into
the dental profession and musical activity took the form of occasional recitals
In 1992 he met Jean Fletcher, former principal first violin with the
Ulster Orchestra, and, inspired by her playing, a period of technical study
followed, resulting in recitals with Jean, her two talented daughters Sarah and
Sinead, and other musicians in Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. On
retiring early from dentistry, he taught himself to play the viola and joined
the Boyce Orchestra.
A talk on Tai Chi
14 October 2013
Yin and Yang and Tai Chi
1 November 2014
Tai Chi and good body use
8 November 2015
David Lipka is a full time Tai
Chi teacher and Shiatsu Practitioner. He is the principal teacher at ‘Mindful
Tai Chi’ and is an advanced instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
His in depth Tai Chi training has been specifically within the Wu style Tai Chi
Chuan. David has a Degree in Education from
Sheffield University and for over 20 years has had experience of teaching and
managing in education.
Wing, Professor of Human Movement, University of Birmingham
13 October 2012
players need to
continually monitor their own and other quartet members' timing to
discrepancies in note onsets. Alan will describe research in
which recordings of two professional quartets were taken and their
onset times analysed. These revealed varying degrees of dependence
Technique Workshop: you can improve how you move, perform, look and
5 February 2011
11 May 2013
Philip L. Scowcroft, M.A.LL.M (Cantab)
23 June 2007
The talk explores the
richly varied connections between
railways and music. Music, in all styles from classical to pop and for
every conceivable instrument and ensemble, has depicted railways
This will be touched on with the aid of CD examples. Other
interfaces between the two topics will also be mentioned, including how
railwaymen have made music down the years.
Scowcroft, born in Sheffield and a Doncaster resident since 1959, is a
local government solicitor with a wide range of interests ouside the
include music, transport history, crime fiction, sport (especialy
military history - on all of which he lectures frequently. He has
written thousands of articles for over a hundred periodical
His published books include British Light Music (1977) and Railways
in British Crime Fiction (2004). He has organised many concerts in
Doncaster, including an ongoing series of over one thousand lunch-time
Doncaster Museum. His reviews of local concerts in the Free Press
much valued by musicians in the Doncaster area.
Adam White, BMus, MA
how our perception of our own abilities can be
developed and used to
enhance our performances
24 March 2007
Linking Practice to
27 September 2008
Adam White is the
Programme Co-ordinator for Music and Creative Media
in The Institute for Lifelong Learning
studied for his B.Mus at the University of Sheffield. His postgraduate
have thus far centred on education and the issues of assessment
practice and of
widening participation in adult education. He is currently preparing to
undertake research in the area of music and the imagination and the
implications that understanding more about the musical imagination will
for music teaching.
As a classical guitarist, Adam has performed as a soloist and as a
member of a
number of ensembles. These have most recently involved the arrangement
performance of Brazilian music, and of Renaissance lute duets. He has
on BBC Radio Sheffield and has appeared as arranger and accompanist on
recordings. Adam has also given lecture recitals on the music of John
and J S Bach for the Open University. As a lecturer in adult education,
taught for the University of Sheffield and for the Open University
In addition to his role as a performer, Adam also has an active
Dr Lindsay Aitkenhead
The Viola and Folk
A talk/demonstration and a 'have-a-go'
has written her doctoral thesis about the viola in British folk music.
She has conducted an ethnographic study of folk viola players and their
music, mainly in the North of England.
Lindsay performs professionally both
klezmer and British and Macedonian folk music.
Alexander Technique for Musicians
8 July 2006
Alexander Technique is a way of unlearning the unconscious habitual
patterns that interfere with our freedom of movement (and thought).
Fixed patterns of muscle tension block our natural flow and poise. Our
habits feel right and/or comfortable, which is why they are difficult
Alexander teacher uses quiet hands-on contact to listen and guide the
pupil into a new, more expansive pattern of use. Through expanding
their field of attention and projecting new messages through their
neuromuscular system, the pupil can release or 'inhibit' old habits.
playing a musical instrument this can heighten the pupil's sensitivity
as well as allowing them to become a more effective channel for the
Tolson qualified as an Alexander teacher in 1985 on a three-year
Teachers of the Alexander Technique (S.T.A.T.) approved training course
in London. From 1991 to 2006 he taught as assistant director on an
Alexander training course in Leeds and then in York, and during this
time he taught a lot of voice work. Mark has had singing lessons,
played the clarinet to grade 5 and is self-taught on the guitar. He can
be contacted on 0114 2301647.
Making and the History of the Instrument
Highfield, luthier. Buxton,