Mission to MOLA

As I creep towards decrepitude (I'm nearly 56!) I look back at at fabulous 40 year professional life as a bass player, and I have seen some amazing places and met some incredible people, including being privileged to meet and shake hands with Ella Fitzgerald.

Since 2005 I have been in a "day job" as well, as Performance Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) where I manage all performance material and advise on copyright and associated institutions (PRS, PPL) as well as doing lots of gigs at night.

Right now, I'm pretty excited as I've flown out to New Orleans for the MOLA (Major Orchestra Librarian's Association) Conference which is happening over the weekend of 11-14th May.

It is great to get the chance to meet people doing the same job as me, as there is normally only one in any institution, so one tends to be a bit "out on a limb"! At the conference there will be many interesting sessions, on new media licensing and Latin American orchestral music, to name but two. Also as part of the agenda, I have the chance to attend various concerts taking place in the city, and one that I dare not miss is the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra - a name to be reckoned with!

I shall be doing a daily update to this blog whilst in the USA, and let you know all of the news and events as they happen. This will include any gigs I attend, especially if I get some good traditional Dixie Jazz.

The fun started when I flew into Louis Armstrong International Airport - as the great man himself said often, "and that's Jazz!"

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Tenth of May and on the way

I stayed overnight at the Glasgow Airport Holiday Inn, so I was at the airport in good time and feeling fresh - so far so good. Then the first little niggle happened.... when I got to check in they told me that I had to apply through ESTA (which I though was the European String Teachers Association, but in this case is the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation!) for validation of my trip to the USA. Why was this not dealt with in the booking process??? Grrr! Fortunately I have time to spare in Heathrow, so I'm sitting at a FREE internet point with FREE printing by a Cafe Nero - please commit to memory for the next time you are in Terminal 5! (It's on Level 3 departures, by the way).
It's such a relief to get that sorted, so I think that I will now head back through security, and a cup of coffee is calling. For those of you who know me, you will know that is a special treat, as I seem to have enough "get up and go" without it!!

Who knows, the next post may be from Miami Airport, if they can match up to good old Cafe Nero!


  1. Oooh-er, that must have been an anxious moment; you deserved your coffee as a reward for sorting it out! Your audience is eagerly awaiting news that you've made it to Miami ...

  2. Oh, poor Lucy 8-( Nothing is ever easy, is it? I'm sure you'll conquer this hurdle and any more that come your way. Enjoy your coffee - but maybe a hot chocolate would be better next time!! 8-)


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