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ELT teachers found lockdown a musical pause

While the world came to a halt for many during the pandemic, others discovered their talents had time to flourish, as two ELT teachers prove.

Nigel Paramor, principal of the language school English in Chester, in the UK, was so inspired by the work of the Trussell Trust and Cheshire Foodbank, and their campaign to make a future where everyone can afford to eat, that he produced a single under his nom de pluime, Mister Wulf, to raise funds for them. ‘Catastrophe’ is about community spirit and how people have supported others during this challenging time. 

“I wanted to do something positive with my music for the Chester community, so I am delighted to be collaborating with the Trussell Trust and West Cheshire Foodbank to support their important work in combating hunger and poverty across Cheshire,” he says.

The song is catchy, smooth listening and only costs £1 to download. Take a listen at https://misterwulf.bandcamp.com/track/catastrophe

Another from the world of ELT who flexed his musical skills during this unprecedented time is Rakesh Bhanot (above), who has been teaching English since 1972, as well as working as a trainer, examiner, author, journal editor, inspector and book reviewer around the world. He has been writing poetry for years and during 2020 collaborated with Scottish singer Pauline Vallance to turn some of those poems into songs on a CD entitled Blue Leaves.

It’s available on all the usual platforms and you can have a listen at https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kKFcTnrZR2z26q5SsIRzxXqB4TV9qvxtU

Images courtesy of authors and Library
Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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