September - time to make apple snow.
During lockdown I made English speaking practice videos for immigrants. Also suitable for children learning to read.
I believe a stressful time like no other will last for 1335 days from the beginning of Lockdown in March 2020, i.e. until November 2023 in the UK. See here. This is a period of three and a half years, recalling the book of Revelation, so for the possibility that the mark of the beast might arrive during this time, see here. I have also written Subcutaneous, an internet play for a small group about the coming of the mark of the beast. I had church home groups meeting online in mind.
Diane Morrison has written the Life Story of my friend Clive Jackson "Struck Down but not Destroyed" and his battle with massive problems. He has done well to survive and flourish. An encouraging read for anybody struggling with mental health issues.
I have composed two pieces for 'Zoom choir', a spiritual The Lockdown Blues and also Ticket Please. Fun.
Covid19 : as there has been no nation-wide call for prayer, I have created Turn to Jesus. Also our Oriental Road Neighbours Group is under way.
Our choir has recorded I'll be there for you during the lockdown, and also this recording. Look for my haggard face! Also five others at Christmas.
I have created www.wokingmusic.net as an information service for music in our area.
For my proposal for coal, see here. Also Woking by Sea (filmed in December 2019) - watch it or watch out!
Help needed. I would like to share the story of my thirty weeks in hospital in 2018 and my total recovery (to the amazement of the medics) and how God helped me through. Invite me to your men's group, house group or whatever. Thanks! See here
I was hoping to start a group for ex offenders, but finding a co-leader proved impossible. See here. The Lockdown would have finished it off if it had got started.
My thirty weeks in hospital in 2018 are becoming a distant memory now. I am fully fit. Nice! In May 2019 I climbed Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.
My novel The Garden of the Galaxy was self-published in January 2018. It arose from creating my video 1800 trillion zips about the coming galactic civilisation (4.3 minutes).
I have recorded most of my Piano pieces. Available online.
My Easy peasy Pieces for Piano (with some harder ones) is now available from me or from Particular Music for £5. Thirty short pieces for pianists in their early years. Also Easy Music to Play Together for instrument plus piano, including five easy piano duets. Help yourself.
I have updated my website DIYchurch and added a number of brief videos on the state of the church in the UK and how it might be improved.
In 2014 I composed The Resurrection, a sequel to Stainer's Crucifixion, for Choir. Stainer was my great grandfather. The first public performance was by the Maidstone choral union in March 2016, and the second was at Paddock Wood, Kent in March 2017.
I have met Shane Thomas, a remarkable young pianist who lives locally. You can watch videos of him here.
Bringing Robin Milford's music back into print, coupled with my piano teaching, has encouraged me to write piano music. Milford's lovely Violin Concerto has been released on CD after gathering dust in the Bodleian library for 64 years. So there is hope for minor composers yet.
Thanks for visiting my website.
. . . David Pennant . . . @dfpennant