Cultural Life: Alison Balsom, trumpeter
Friday 11 December 2009
I am currently reading 'Sovereign' by C J Samson. It is set in the 1540s and is a crime novel, with brilliantly written depictions of London. It is gruesome but gripping to have the sights and smells of that time recreated so well.
I saw 'Enron' – a play about the infamous financial scandal directed by Rupert Goold – at the Royal Court Theatre. I am delighted it's coming to the West End. It is a totally masterful and original modern-age topic to bring to the theatre. Sam West is incredible as usual in the main role, and it has the really powerful effect of staying in your mind well after the evening is finished.
I just absolutely love 'Strictly Come Dancing'. How incredible to see the whole nation gripped by something that is really wholesome and feels good for people of every age!
It sounds egocentric, but this is one of the few times I listen to myself a lot! I'm at the editing stage of a new CD being rushed through to the production line, so every hour is taken with listening to it.
Alison Balsom's Haydn and Hummel: Trumpet Concertos is out now on EMI Classics
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Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit
Jeremy Clarkson to host BBC's Have I Got News For You despite Top Gear exit
Kay Burley 'bias' against Ed Miliband prompts 130 complaints to Ofcom
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'