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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tvReview: Older generation get hot under the collar this Christmas
comedy Erm...he seems to be back
tvReview: No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa
tv Gymnast Louis Smith triumphed in the Christmas special
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
Doctor Who Christmas special, review: No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa
The Interview film review: Controversial gross-out satire is broad, bawdy and bad - but undeniably entertaining
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever