So here we are in 2018 – a brand new year with a clean slate and no doubt a list of New Year resolutions and lots of good intentions to carry them out.

My own thoughts have turned to making a real effort to resume my research and try to complete the book which I have been writing for years. Somehow, life seems to keep getting in the way. Although it will be mostly about singing technique, from my point of view an important part of working with adolescent and adult students is trying to understand what makes people tick so that you can be an effective teacher. This is the reason that psychology has always been fascinating to me – particularly since I studied a fair amount of theory as part of my teacher training and I am really interested in taking it further. All this sounds very grand but studying new things is an effective way to keep your mind active.

On a lighter note, one thing I have promised myself is to take up a new activity, or at the very least, revive an old one. Music has always been such a large part of my life that it does rather take over. Perhaps I will start painting or sewing again? Gym membership certainly doesn’t appeal. My two Labradors take me out for regular walks, no matter what the weather, so that constitutes my fitness regime. I am more inclined towards meditation or mindfulness as a way of winding down.

Perhaps you feel like a new challenge and decide to take up singing or acting? There are choirs, operatic societies and drama groups in the area who always welcome new members. Whatever your interest, if you need a confidence boost, or some coaching to help you to get started, you can always give me a call. I would be happy to help.

Whatever your goals for 2018, I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Susan Coombs Member of the British Voice Association & Association of Teachers of Singing

Parent and

Toddler Mornings 9.15am - 10.45am

First Friday in the Month St. Joseph’s School Hall

Mountain View, Cockermouth All Welcome!

Bring along your little ones to play Activities, Crafts and Toys available

Only £1.50 per family including refreshments We look forward to welcoming you Why not check out our school website: Friday Meeting Dates

2nd February, 3rd March No Session in April

4th May, 8th June and 6th July Please call 01900 829859 for details


It’s curtain up on panto land again or perhaps that should read ‘panda-land’ as CADS stage their pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at the Kirkgate Centre on 20th, 26th and 27th of January.


The witty, original and fast-paced script by Ben Crocker, features Nobby the naughty panda and a princess who’s in to martial arts. All the usual elements are there, to guarantee a great night or afternoon at the theatre. The role of Widow Twankey is in the experienced hands of Geoff Lawley, while Morgan Goodfellow (last year’s villain) takes the title role. The evil Abanazar is played with great relish by Owen Evans and Princess (Kung Fu) Jasmine by newcomer to the Kirkgate stage, Poppy Knight. Other newcomers include Kate Lewis and Josh Ashfield as Ping and Pong, the incompetent policemen, and Sam Benson as the Genie of the Ring. It’s a family affair for the Walkers: Jacqui plays Wishee Washee, while daughter Caitlin is choreographer and Nieve plays the Panda. The show also features the Jacqueline Evans School of Dance.

January 20th,

26th & 27th 7:30pm

(2:30pm Matinees 20th & 27th)

Adults: £8.50, u18s: £7.50, Family: £29.00


Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

CALL: 01900 826448 or VISIT:

Richard Bennett is the musical director with Robin Melville on the drums. The show is produced by Tony Magorrian and directed by Liz Pritchard

With magic lamp, magic carpet ride, jewel- filled cave and powerful genies, Aladdin gives

the production team lots of scope for special effects. Performances start at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturdays 20th and 27th January and 7.30pm on Friday 26th.

Tickets cost Adults £8.50, u18s £7.50, with a family ticket at £29.00 and are available now from the Box Office on 01900 826448 or visit Hurry – they’re going fast!

CADS welcome anyone with an interest in theatre, whether it’s on stage or behind it. A professionally-led

workshop on

improvisation, open to all, will take place on Saturday 10th February at the Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate from 10.00am to 4.00pm. See Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society on Facebook for more details of what CADS has to offer.

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