Out There – Music in the Community

“DEAFEN THE MAIDEN” – Chapter 17

Previously in “DEAFEN THE MAIDEN” – The day after the body of beautiful Palestinian violinist Sonia Said has been discovered at Reason Hall, home to the Orchestra of the Age of Reason, players are rehearsing for a foreign tour and detective Andy Hepplethwaite is trying to gather information about their relationships with Sonia before they leave.
17:1 Andy visited the Out There team discussing post-natal music making: Viola was concerned. “Disable toilet more problem than breastfeeding”
17:2 “Well” suggested Jan “we can resolve these issues: the groundfloor DisAbWC could maybe be converted to a staff kitchen/breastfeeding station..
17:3 …. and a new disabled facility could be created out of the double bass cupboard on the same floor as the rehearsal space. Everyone happy?”
17:4 Measured nodding seemed to pass for happiness at OAR. Andy was impressed by Jen’s diplomatic skills. She would need to be watched carefully.
17:5 “So Jen, when did you last see Sonia?” ”Not for weeks. She’s not on my team. May have passed her on the stairs, I suppose. We weren‘t close”
17:6 “But you had been close in the past?” “Not really. I befriended her when she first arrived, but she soon moved on. Found someone else.”
17:7 “And who would that be?” “I never knew. He wasn’t anything to do with the orchestra. Slightly shady, I think. Rob Simple introduced them.”

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“DEAFEN THE MAIDEN” – Chapter 16

Previously in “DEAFEN THE MAIDEN” – Police Medic Judith Sager has helped detective Andy Heppthwaite solve the allusive crossword clues, but there are many other aspects of the case he finds puzzling. He still does not know whether he is dealing with a suicide or a murder.
16:1 It was a beautiful morning. Andy H. cycled to Reason Hall with a clear head and a log of all phone calls made from there the previous day.
16:2 By contrast, when OAR assembled, the players were in sombre mood. Time to reflect had made most of them feel implicated in Sonia‘s fate.
16:3 The Scheidt chorale arrangements they were working on did little to lift spirits. “probly +fing i 8” as Rob’s text to girlfriend Jo put it.
16.4 By coffee break, some early Haydn had worked its magic and they were more cheerful. Outward Sound Supremo Jen Singer was determinedly upbeat
16:5 She had arranged mutual massage therapy for the special musicians who delivered her cherished “Out There“ sound in the community programme.
16:6 As usual, massage gave way to therapeutic moaning. “Why they no disable toilet?” asked Viola Scherzo. “Or staff canteen?” added Natalie Katz.
16:7 “Well, we’ll think about those issues later” soothed Jen “but right now I’d like to focus on our “Ten Little Pigs – Music for Mums” project.

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