PIANO RECITALS AND BOOK TALKS
What has always interested me are the human stories told against the backdrop of dramatic and dangerous years in the Far East. I inherited and was also given significant material and
photographs which relate to Burma and China, countries of great interest as we move through the 21st century. With the China talk I have discovered additional material since I wrote the book ‘Lives in Burma and China 1927 -1951’.
Details of these and other talks are on www.speakernet.co.uk where there are contact details. They relate to my books, ‘Stories of Survival in Burma, WW2’ and ‘Lives in Burma and China, 1927 – 1951'.
EXTRACTS OF ALL MY BOOKS CAN BE READ ON www.FeedARead.com
ZOOM PRESENTATIONS are available. I do not charge a fee, donations to a charity would be appreciated.
‘EXTRACTS FROM ACCOUNTS OF DANGEROUS JOURNEYS IN BURMA WW2 WITH MANY HISTORIC PHOTOS’
‘SCARY AND STARTLING – WHAT I DISCOVERED ABOUT CHINA WHEN EXPLORING ACCOUNTS
FROM MY FAMILY’.
REVIEWS FROM 2017
from: Dr Rona Laycock, poet, creative writing teacher, editor of Graffiti and founder of Writers in the Brewery, Cirencester
'Elizabeth Tebby Germaine headlines at Writers in the Brewery, 28 March 2017. We were delighted to welcome Elizabeth to our meeting at Writers in the Brewery… She kept us intrigued and enthralled by her account of her writing progress and readings from
her novel. It was lovely to have a guest who connected with the group and who was able to encourage and answer questions and who managed all that with great good humour.'
SEPT. 2017 Talk about the Burma books. Thanks
to the U3A Travel Group for the warm welcome at the Guildhall Cinema Gloucester, and it was good to hear your stories that connected with Myanmar
After a talk to the U3A Earlsdon, Coventry, from Dave and Sue
Wright,Joint speaker secretary 'We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your talk on experiences in Burma. It was a fascinating talk regarding a very difficult time in history. It was even more poignant due to your personal involvement with
the subject. I am sure it was appreciated by all members present and expanded all our knowledge of Burma and its troubled past and present. Thanks again.'
SAT SEPT 29th 2018 (in aid of the organ fund)
from Charles Pavey, Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, North Malvern: ‘Elizabeth performed a short piano recital as part of the Holy Trinity, Malvern's Music Marathon Day. Her programme, which was well constructed and varied, created another
level of contrast to the whole day and was thoroughly prepared. She engaged with the appreciative audience and this added to her professional presentation. But above all, it was her total mastery of the instrument that shone through most.'
FEB. 2019 A lunchtime concert at Chapel Arts, Cheltenham from Andrew Auster, Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival Society ‘Congratulations Elizabeth on a splendid concert … All 36 attendees (I counted!) thoroughly
enjoyed your programme. I particularly liked the Bloch ‘Poems of the Sea’, pieces I did not know, and a far more enjoyable experience than when listening to Bloch accompanying the Dentist’s drill ... in my teenage years!... Thank
you again for agreeing to perform at such short notice.'
SEPT. 2019 from William Griffiths, Rugby Warwickshire ‘Elizabeth Tebby Germaine gave a lunchtime piano recital at St Andrew’s Church in September
2019. Her programme was a carefully selected and varied sequence of classic piano repertoire, from Bach’s 48 to Percy Grainger’s Irish reels. Between these bookends she gave us Schumann’s “In der Nacht” and Chopin’s Nocturne
in F# major, “two pieces associated with the night”, followed by Ravel’s Jeux d’eau. With her sympathetic brief spoken introductions to each section, Elizabeth achieved a very satisfying and enjoyable entertainment. The audience was
delighted to meet a deeply musical artist and looks forward to further visits from this very intelligent pianist.’
November 2019 from C.J.Boyd - Cheltenham Probus Club member:
“Elizabeth gave us an interesting and informative talk on China in the Second World War, illustrated with helpful maps. Her presentation also provided a valuable insight into the broader history of China in the first half of the 20th Century.”
November 2019, from John Higgins, Newent U3A "Thanks to Elizabeth for providing an insight into one of the little-known aspects of World War 2, the military and civilian evacuation of Burma following the Japanese invasion.
This was all the more poignant due to her family involvement in the arduous escape. Illustrated with plentiful, and probably quite rare, photographs from the time. This was a talk to make many of us reflect on the horrors of that part of our history."
ZOOM REVIEWS from March 2021 - from the Chairman of Cannock and District Probus Club
“It was an excellent, eye opening Talk, very much appreciated
by the Members. The very personal detailed family accounts, with rare original photos, gave us images both of everyday life and an insight to the history and refugee journeys from Burma during WW2.”
from Chris Gooch - ‘Your talk on wartime Burma was much appreciated by our members. It is often called “the forgotten war” and most of us know little about it. It was also very relevant to current events. It also evoked memories
for my wife whose family lost a man who was a Chindit who sadly never emerged from the jungle and has no known grave.’