Well we’ve managed to cram quite a bit into the day and a half since arriving here, Trevor certainly hasn’t given us much time to find out feet!

I’m living in the ‘new dairy’ with Roya from the US and Chin Ting from Malaysia, while the other students are in the ‘old dairy’ down the road. They’re basic but homely, and in the middle of absolutely nowhere. This part of Kent is listed as an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ (think rolling hills, fields of sheep and tiny lanes with overgrown hedgerows), and so it’s almost impossible to build anything or widen the roads. On my run this morning, I passed three houses, a church, two tractors and at least a hundred sheep! It was a lovely time of day to see the English countryside, and the sunrise splotches of pink and orange complete a rather picturesque view all the way.

Last night, we were invited for dinner by a lovely family in the village, who accompanied dinner with the promise that the next six months would be tough but worth it. We would all end up in tears at some point, that’s just the way that Trevor teaches.

This morning’s orientation session gave me a good glimpse of the coming months. We alternated some ‘light’ playing with being shown round the flute studio and all its resources. Playing consisted of a lot of warm-up exercises (both for expression and technique), which we are expected to play easily, from memory at each class. After an hour of that and my practice session this evening, I can certainly feel the muscles beginning to work!

Trevor’s studio is fascinating; full to bursting with CDs, sheet music, books and old and ethnic flutes. Quite a sight! In the course of our practice and projects we’ll get to explore and use a lot of things, and I hope I’ll have time to browse as well.

Already there’s a bit too much to write for a quick blog post. For now, though, it’s bed time, to dream of the Moyse and Andersen studies that I’ll be playing in class tomorrow!

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