Andrew Burke, Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta:
You did an amazing job – and took all the worry and administration away from us.
Sir Bob Scott, Greenwich:
I found the whole process liberating. I had long been thinking of trying to put some memories down but finding it impossible to put pen to paper. Working with Rosie on a spoken self-portrait of one important period of my life gave me the editorial focus and impetus I needed. The whole process was thoroughly enjoyable and now I have CDs to give to friends and family.
Jamie MacDonald, East Sussex:
Thank you so much for crafting such a lovingly edited collection of moments from [my parents’] lives woven so seamlessly together in to the most beautiful volume. I so appreciated your going all that way up to Skye to spend some time getting to know [them] so that they could speak in their own time for their spoken self-portraits. In capturing their voices so beautifully and with such clarity you have created one of the most treasured gifts I will ever receive. An heirloom painted of words. It was so exciting … to listen to in the car with my family on a long drive and felt very much like listening to a personal edition of desert island discs. Every story evoking wonderful childhood memories, each taking me on a rollercoaster of emotions as I learned things that neither have told me before. In many ways it was like hearing them in a new way.
Donna, West Hampstead:
The Spoken Portrait of my mother was done as a 90th birthday gift. She absolutely loves it! However, it has in fact been as much a gift to ourselves as to her. We now have this wonderful story of her life, in her own words, to treasure. Rosie was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end and she really came to understand her “sitter”. Rosie’s gentle, encouraging manner with my mother was especially appreciated.
Mum has wonderful stories and doesn’t realise how well she tells them. I’ve always wanted to find a way to capture some of her memories. So I invited Rosie to collaborate with my mum on her spoken memoirs. They developed its scope together in a way that resulted in a very joyful portrait. Rosie used broadcast quality recording equipment and edited it beautifully. It’s something for mum to be proud of and for us all to treasure.
Thank you so much for developing the wonderful CD to celebrate my birthday! It was extremely imaginative of you to get it all together. The contributions from my friends of many years were most moving.