1. Sir David Frost and Seamus Heaney
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Sunday 17 November 2013
Britten’s sole violin concerto is constructed from simple scales rising and falling expressively over exotic Spanish rhythms, but within this framework, from the opening silken thread to passages of great passion and profundity, the concerto unfolds into a piece of great magnitude.
Monday 02 September 2013
Prom 63 – Midori, Philharmonia, Salonen (*****)
Proms Saturday Matinee 5 – Bullock, Camerata Nordica, Tonnesen (****)
Saturday 29 June 2013
Thanks to the brewers SAB Miller who took me as a guest, Monday evening was spent watching Death in Venice, staged by English National Opera at the Coliseum.
Friday 28 June 2013
Plus: Opera in English? Sorry, I'll need that in writing and some frankly filthy language at the Globe this summer
Sunday 16 June 2013
His ‘Singing and Imagination’ was described as ‘one of the best books on singing in modern times’
Monday 10 June 2013
It was in many ways appropriate that Aldeburgh’s Britten-centenary festival should open with a concert performance of Peter Grimes.
Thursday 09 May 2013
Maurice Gendron, who taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, was allegedly a sadist who abused his young students
Thursday 18 April 2013
Here are the listings of the BBC Proms season 2013 in full:
Thursday 14 June 2012
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Sunday 10 June 2012
A Gormenghast world that toppled two creative giants
Sunday 20 May 2012
Two romantic runaways from scout camp try to keep ahead of the all-star posse on their trail
Thursday 17 May 2012
Wes Anderson kicks off the festival in kooky style... what else did you expect?
Friday 26 August 2011
The story goes that the Dartington estate near Totnes gathers an atmosphere of unmatchable mysticism from south Devon's ancient spiritual sites and ley lines. So far, so New Age. But at Dartington's famous International Summer School of Music (DISS) the magic seems real: it's impossible not to be caught up in it.
Sunday 17 July 2011
You couldn't see the Lone Ranger for dust - and I doubt we've ever heard the most famous gallop in music despatched with such fleet-footed (or should that be hooved) panache.
Saturday 09 July 2011
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