EditorialI am pleased to say that we have an unusually long list of forthcoming events on the cover. Alison Crum’s course for voices and viols has now been confirmed for the 9th July and a form for it is enclosed. Linda Hill has just told me that the link I have been giving for back-numbers of Tamesis (http://www.tvemf.org/tamesis/index.htm) is a direct link for back numbers from 2001 to 2003. Our usual web site www.tvemf.org has back issues for 2004 to 2005 as well as a link to the old ones. Linda does a fantastic job keeping the site up to date, with concerts, events, index to the most recent issue and some interesting photographs, as well as links to other forums, forms and maps, so do have a look at it. No time to write more, except the usual plea – more contributions please!
Chairman’s ChatThe Baroque Day in Oxford, organised by Peter Collier, attracted some 70 participants, but the massive job of organising compatible groups did not seem to daunt him and it seemed to go very well. On Sunday afternoon I dropped in on Chris Thorn's Crumhorn Day and, as last time, found a small but enthusiastic group who managed to keep going until about 4.30 pm. Well done Chris and Janet - most enjoyable. Perhaps other members might like to host a similar "at home" event. The Schütz day with Peter Syrus promises to be interesting. I met Peter when he tutored the Easter course at Springfield Court a several years ago and was impressed with his breadth of knowledge. Though he has done many workshops for the more northerly Fora is the first time he has done a workshop for TVEMF so I'm very much looking forward to it. It has long been known that music can be beneficial to the brain so it was not very surprising to discover from a Web search that TVEMF can stimulate the growth of human neural cells. However, closer inspection reveals that 'Genetic expression data has revealed the ability to "turn on" those genes that are responsible for growth and "turn off" those genes that are regulatory in nature. The Time Varying Electromagnetic Field (TVEMF) makes use of this valuable insight to stimulate normal human neural cells with an electrical waveform (electrical potentials), thus facilitating and directing neural cell growth.' see http://ston.jsc.nasa.gov/collections/TRS/_techrep/TP-2003- 212054.pdf for details (this is not an April 1st joke!).
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