To classical music lovers of a certain age, the words “BBC Northern Orchestra, conducted by John Hopkins”, spoken by the veteran BBC North Region announcer Tom Naisby, remain a vivid memory of 1950s wireless listening.
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Sunday 11 November 2012
Recycling is for rubbish. Thrilling new ballet like this is a great leap forward
Wednesday 03 October 2012
The Military Wives' choirmaster described the group's prize win at the Classical Brits as “the candle on the icing of a very large cake”.
Sunday 26 August 2012
You wait for years for a helicopter and then... four come along at once, in Birmingham as in Edinburgh. What a whirl!
Saturday 25 August 2012
Nicola Benedetti believes that film music is the primary contemporary conduit for classical or orchestral music.
Wednesday 22 August 2012
With eight exhumations, the BBC is trying desperately to make the case for Frederick Delius on his 150th anniversary, but these are only reinforcing the impression that this Bradford composer was a mere melodious also-ran.
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Formed in Aldeburgh only a few weeks ago, and drawing in musicians from four continents, the Aldeburgh World Orchestra is the newest youth band to grace the Proms, and under Mark Elder’s direction it gave a noble account of Britten’s "Sinfonia da Requiem".
Sunday 08 July 2012
Figaro and I renew our vows, for one night only
Monday 14 May 2012
Sunday 25 March 2012
When you are arguably the greatest violinist in the world a four-year “time out” from the public arena can seem like an eternity.
Friday 23 March 2012
Books: I read all the time. I recently read a big book on the nature of seeing and believing by Pylyshyn. I've also been re-reading a book that has been an influence on me: 'Frame Analysis' by Erving Goffman, about how we make sense of things. There's also a whole series of philosophical books by Donald Davidson – particularly 'Essays on Actions and Events' (1980). It's difficult and you need to read it again and again to get it straight. Hand movements are something I'm always thinking about when directing an opera or theatre production. I also read a very good new translation of 'Madame Bovary' by Lydia Davis.
Friday 16 March 2012
Ever since she was voted BBC Young Musician of the Year, Nicola Benedetti has found ways of staying in the limelight.
Friday 09 March 2012
Eric Roseberry enriched the world of music in a variety of ways. He was a lecturer, writer, scholar, organist, broadcaster, teacher, pianist, conductor, editor and enthusiast, the sheer breadth of his intellect making him an inspirational guide for generations of aspiring musicians.
Thursday 01 December 2011
At the core of the Australian Chamber Orchestra is a string ensemble, soloistic in nature, enquiring in spirit, whose connections one to the other make for a palpable kind of musical telepathy.
Thursday 01 December 2011
For anyone who’s ever thought that the term Vorsprung durch Technik might be better applied to the superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter than a certain brand of automobile her hair-raising account of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra will have given pause.
Sunday 14 August 2011
Piano trios by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich are meticulously played by the David Trio, a chamber ensemble of growing repute, each member a distinguished player in his own right.
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