Miriam Roycroft

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My blog about music and cooking, a good combination !

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French Trip

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on April 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Just back from a wonderful week in France with Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas. We (well, Barry), played all of Beethoven's piano concerti to capacity audiences in La Rochelle and Caen.  Fabulous weather, fine dining and music ! 

Young Derry Cellists

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on March 16, 2012 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I've just returned from a few days in Derry where Camerata Ireland had a concert in St. Cecilia's College.  When I was there it was wonderful to be able to hear some of the young cellists from Derry who play in the Ulster Youth Orchestra who were also preparing for their Associated Board exams.  Good luck with your exams !


Remembering Britten

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on March 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm performing on 27th May at Woolley Hall, Wakefield, for the Yorkshire Live Music Project.  Our programme will include Benjamin Britten's wonderful Cello Sonata Op. 65 and the 2nd Sonata by Martinu together with his Slovak Variations.  Later in the year, we will be performing a new work to be written for me by Nigel Morgan.  This piece will be a companion piece to the Britten, and you can find out more about it here.  With my duo partner, Réamonn Keary, I will be perfoming this piece alongside the Britten Sonata throughout Ireland and the UK during 2013, which will be Britten's centenary year.  Hope to see you on 27th May !

Derry Workshops and Concerts

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on February 4, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I've just returned from a week with Barry Douglas, Neil Martin and Camerata Ireland Young Musicians Aoife Ni Bhriain and Jessie Grimes in Derry, Northern Ireland.  

We had a wonderful time giving masterclasses and workshops hosted by St. Cecilia's College in Derry.  We also went to Lisneal College in Derry and Sullivan Upper School in Belfast where students from Priory Integrated College and St.Columbanus’ College also attended.   Four other local schools came to St. Cecilia's during the week for workshops. They were Fountain Primary School, St John’s Primary School, Oakgrove Primary School and Chapel Rd Primary School.  It is so encouraging to see such interest in music from children of all ages and we had a terrific reception from everyone. 

Here are some of the students who took part in the masterclasses:

Stephen and Sophie from Lisneal College, Derry and Laura and Leah from St. Cecilia's College, Derry. Thanks for playing guys !

'Nina' performed by Joseph Schmidt

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on January 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Compare this to the previous entry with Harvey Shapiro playing.  We string players can learn so much from singers and how they use their voices.  I love the gypsy band backing in this wonderful performance too.

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'Nina' played by Harvey Shapiro and Jane Hayes

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on January 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Beautiful playing from Harvey Shapiro and a gorgeous little gem attributed to Pergolesi

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Sunday night

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on January 16, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hmmm, what to cook on a Sunday evening.  Sometimes nothing can beat the traditional roast; beef, pork, chicken etc. with all the trimmings.  However, I've decided to attempt to eat our way through the contents of the freezer since it is quite full...  How fortunate were we to find two bags of  raw king prawns last night.  Of course, there are many fine ways of cooking prawns, but one of my all-time favourite ones is:

Yes, it's prawn risotto !

Oscar's Carrot Cake

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on January 16, 2012 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

My younger son Oscar, is, I am very proud to say, attending the Junior Chef Course at a local college.  He goes every Saturday morning and we are always waiting for him when he gets back in at lunchtime with our plates ready for whatever he has made that morning.  Here is what he made last week:

The best news is that he made three of these...

Friday night is Pizza night !

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on January 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My kids love Friday night because we usually make pizzas.  It never ceases to amaze me that from this simple dough;

you can get THIS:

Buon appetito!