Keith Ames

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Comms survey

The MU’s Communications and Government Relations Dept met this afternoon to review the results of the latest survey into our communications and campaigns and how these are perceived by the members.  I am delighted to report that an amazing 97% of the members reported that the Union communicates either ‘very well’ or ‘quite well.’  This is a superb result and an improvement from the previous research.  (Last time out, in 2015, this question generated an equivalent response from an already impressive 92% of the members).

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Music Declares Emergency

I attended a meeting on behalf of the MU this evening at offices in Euston, following an invitation from a group set up the banner of Music Declares Emergency.  I was met by one of its founders, Fay Milton, and a small number of participants gathered in a ‘media room’ to discuss how musicians and the music industry could respond to growing concerns about climate change and immediate threats to the environment.

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Go karting 2

A busy day for Ben, as  The Warren Reds FC had a friendly end-of-season match in the morning at Westerham FC, which proved an exciting sign-off to a few months of squad development.  Ben had started the game in midfield, but Westerham proved tough to handle at set-pieces and The Warren were 2-6 down at half-time.  Bill the manager made a few changes during the break, one of which was to move Ben to right back. The second half proved a revelation as The Warren, displaying very creditable spirit, fought back to level at 6-6!

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Future Fusion

I was up early yesterday morning to catch the train from Paddington to Bath to visit the offices of Future Fusion and complete the quarterly edition of The Musician, the magazine I have edited since late 2004.

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My son Ben has kindly bought me six archery lessons with the Crystal Palace Bowmen, who meet and practise at St Dunstan’s, where regularly Ben plays cricket for his school and football for The Warren.

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One of my long-held ambitions has been to play golf abroad.  Whilst I have played extensively across southern England and on occasion in the Edinburgh area, I have never swung a club overseas.  So it was about time to arrange such a trip and I invited my best man Ian McConnell, photographer Jonathan Stewart and Oliver Morris of UK Music to join me in Lisbon for a few days.

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Team awayday

At least once a year, the Communications & Government Relations Dept of the MU take time out to share an ‘awayday’ and undertake a pastime close to one of our hearts.  Last year it was Isabelle’s turn and she introduced us to horse riding.  This year it was my turn, hence our meeting up at the Golf Range on Addiscombe Road in Elmers End!

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Out and about

Early on Thursday evening I drove over from the MU HQ in Oval to meet long-term friend and producer James Reynolds at the Duke on the Green, in the New King’s Road. After a delicious cod and chips we walked over the Green to his studio, where we spent an enjoyable hour listening to new recordings by a number of rising artists.

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Conference venue visit

My MU colleague Jane Austin and I drove to Brighton today to visit this summer’s Delegate Conference venue, the Metropole Hilton.  The Conference is booked for the 23 and 24 July and we had arranged to meet Senior Event Manager Sara Holland and the main audio/visual/staging contact for the venue, Sandy Matthews, so that we could confirm the event details and remind ourselves of the hotel facilities.

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My brother Ken and I were very keen to thank our sister Janet for all her sterling efforts in handling the administration of our late sister Wendy’s estate since her sad and sudden passing in July 2017.  Aware of Janet’s love of orchestral music, I contacted Alex Gascoine – violinist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – and asked for his recommendation for a concert that we could attend as a family.

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