Dear Mr. British Music Director at Posh British Academic Institution….

Posted on December 1, 2008 by peacefulyorkshire

yahooavatar15Dear Music Director of a Posh Academic Institution in Yorkshire,

My name is Ms. Peaceful Yorkshire, and I write to see if you have any availability to teach harp in your music department. I hold a Masters Degree in harp performance from a Royal School and have numerous experiences in teaching at higher institutions worldwide.  As well as a dedicated teacher, I am an experienced harp performer as you can see by the numerous recitals and masterclasses listed on my CV, which I have attached for your perusal.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kindest Regards,

Ms. Peaceful Yorkshire, Mmus



So. I. called. The new American gal freshly moved to Yorkshire needs to work, you know?

3 weeks after letter was sent.

ring ring

HIM: (In posh Queen’s English) Hello?

Me: (With American Accent) Hi, I am just calling to follow up on a letter I sent 3 weeks ago. You see, I am a harpist that has just moved to your area and have heard such great things about your music department. Would you needing any harp teaching this year?

Him: No. We are not interested. Then SLAMS DOWN PHONE.

Yes, readers, that was the conversation.

Me: Big sad Crying ensued… how dare he be so rude and hang up on me like I am some sort of annoyance! I am not some bum looking to clean the loos! Not even a chance to have a decent conversation!

Note to self… don’t ever deal with him or his music department again!


Fast forward to last week, which is 2 and a half years later:

Dear Ms. Peaceful Yorkshire,

We have never spoken before which is why I wanted to be in touch and introduce myself. My name is the posh music director at the poshest school in town. As you can see from our website, we are leaders in music education and are a progressive institution. Would you be interested in doing some teaching at my posh academic institution in Yorkshire? If so, please let me know, we will work around your schedule. We have heard so much about you, and your reputation is well-known. I do hope you would consider working with us, and can’t wait to meet you.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Warmest Regards,

The Music director at posh, Academic institution


Dear Music School Director at  posh Academic institution,
Thank you for your email.
I must say I was most surprised to receive it, as we had spoken briefly on the phone when I arrived in Yorkshire 2 and a half years ago– you do remember that we have spoke before? I sent you my CV and then phoned you as well. At that time you made it very clear you were not interested in my services. You actually hung up on me.

Since our last conversation I have taken up the post as principal instructor at another posh academic school (a rival) and I cannot help you at this moment.

With Regards,
Ms. Peaceful Yorkshire,  Mmus


SILENCE (possibly forever from him!)

This incident just happened last week, fellow readers… and writing and then sending that letter never felt better.The rule of karma is active and alive in England… do share with us your British karmic experiences  too!

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  2. Meg December 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    *standing ovation*

    That was absolutely brilliant!! Fair play to you. :-D

  3. pacificyorkshirebird December 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    WOOOOOHOOOO! I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he opened that email. And for every time he hears your name sung with praises in the future. Perhaps you’ve a future unsuspecting music instructor from the same hang-up fate.

  4. American Girl in the UK December 2, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Excellent! You go get ‘em, girl! :)

  5. peacefulyorkshire December 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    awww…thanks Iota… living in England has really opened my eyes to the class system here! I feel lucky sometimes bc I am an outsider I don’t have to fit into any class and thus am less judged.
    Iteach at a lot of academic institutions, and it seems that there is a very big gap in friendliness between the so called public schools and then the state schools! that post coming up soon! ;)

  6. Iota December 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Yay! Love this story!

    It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine, since elementary school age, to learn the harp. If I ever end up living in Yorkshire, I’ll be truly nice to you on the phone in an attempt to get you to take me on as a private student.

    And actually, even if you were a bum looking to clean the loos, you should still be treated with respect and not have the phone put down on you.

  7. yankeebean December 1, 2008 at 8:05 am

    ha-HA!!!! Classic!! I can’t believe he hung up on you… maybe he forgot to buy manners when he was out buying the rest of his posh life…

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