Wednesday, 10 October 2007

MBA-Direct and MBA Jobs

Each quarter I write an article for the Association of MBAs' newsletter, Ambition. If you have an MBA, whether a new graduate or an experienced alumni, why not take a look at and read about enhancing your MBA career.

If you are interested in seeing the best jobs for MBAs why not visit

Interested in becoming a Non-Executive Director?

Are you thinking about a portfolio career? If so you should consider joining The Non-Executive Director at We have a special offer in October for all registered members. Visit the site to join today.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Piccola Accademia comes to London

Dear Friends,

Following the success of our Montisi Festival this summer and our very well-attended harpsichord and ensemble master classes, we are preparing to bring a slice of Montisi to London on Tuesday, November 20th at 7.30pm at St George’s Hanover Square. As a part of the London Bach Society ‘Bachfest’, our programme will include four harpsichords and four harpsichordists (the cream of our students from the summer master classes, hailing from Poland, Finland, Russia and Israel—including two Bruges prize winners and a Bach Leipzig prize winner). The programme will be led and narrated by acclaimed harpsichordist/conductor Laurence Cummings, who, along with historic strings and noted music journalist Warwick Thompson, will take us on an entertaining journey around Europe with the harpsichord, highlighting differences in national style and influences, with a special emphasis on JS BACH. The programme will include:

First movement Concerto in C major for two harpsichords
Prelude non mesure in A minor
The Hunt
Toccata Quarta from il primo libro
Allemande pour deux clavecins from 9ieme ordre
Sonata in E minor
Air and variations
Brandenburg V

The programme is intended to entertain, educate a bit, and—most importantly—showcase our Piccola Accademia students.

Tickets for the general public for the concert will be available by phone from the London Bach Society at £18 and £12 (£5 for students) on (01883) 717372 or visit However, we hope you’ll consider a special Premium Pass that also includes a Champagne Reception And Patrons’ Dinner at the Savile Club on Brook St (a 3 minute walk from Hanover Square) starting immediately after the concert at 9.00pm. Passes are £120 each (including the concert), with proceeds and any other donations made on the evening to go towards support of our 2008 master class season. We hope that 60 people will join us for this event, which will afford an opportunity to discuss with students their experiences in Montisi, meet the makers of the four instruments and also meet some of our team members. The Premium Pass can be purchased by a cheque to the British Friends of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi (UK Reg. Charity 1118026). More information can be found on our website at

I would appreciate your forwarding this to friends who are interested in early music. We are building a wide support group and this is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people in a wonderful setting.

Betty Thayer
Trustee, UK Friends of the Piccola Accademia di Montisi

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Church Urban Fund

I sit on the Board of Trustees for The Church Urban Fund - a not for profit organisation supporting social action in the most deprived areas of England. Through our work we support local organisations dealing with the day-to-day effects of poverty where they live. These organisations aim to make a real difference in the lives of those around them.

We work in the top 10% of the poorest communities in England. We use the Church of England's diocesan structure to ensure local knowledge informs our support. It also enables us to have good regional coverage. We support projects in both urban and rural areas.

The Church Urban Fund was set up by the Church of England 20 years ago as an expression of its mission to serve the poorest within our society.

Key areas of our work involve partnering with other organisations to tackle the roots of poverty, advocating on behalf of faith communities and their work at the grassroots, the giving of grants, developing of research and the championing of causes related to poverty.

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