Friday, 23 January 2009

Snow, French Music and Cello Rosin

This week we had more snow, the biggest flakes I have seen falling in many years.  It stuck around for a few days before melting away.  All the fields and trees were covered - it was very pretty while it lasted.

Last night I went to a concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, to hear the Halle Orchestra play French Music - Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Debussy's La Mer, and other works by Saint-Saens and Ravel.  It was very relaxing and enjoyable, except for the noise made by all the people who feel the need to cough during the performance.  I sometimes think they should hand out cough sweets before the concert starts!

On the subject of French music, at this time of the year I update all (yes, all 5,000) prices on my website.  Most changes are small, between 25p and £1.  This year, however, there are some major changes for the French catalogue as these are priced in Euros.  The fall in the value of the pound against the euro has meant that over the last year the sterling prices have drifted further and further away from the euro value.  So all the imported French music is now being repriced to reflect its real value against the euro - this means some very big changes, as much as +£7 for the more expensive items.  Sorry about this, but this is one of the problems businesses who import now have in the current economic climate.  

Finally, this week's big selling items have been cello rosin and Hinke Elementary Method for the oboe.  Don't ask me why, it's a mystery to me why suddenly everyone wants them all at the same time!

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