It says a lot about how seriously people take the Grammy Awards that a video of Taylor Swift's performance of All Too Well has attracted around 180,000 views, while a 28-second clip of it complete with high kicks from Street Fighter's Ryu has already clocked over 2.2 million.
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Monday 20 January 2014
Kings Place, London
Saturday 18 January 2014
Taverner Consort & Choir, Andrew Parrott "Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responses for Good Friday" (Avie)
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Suddenly it’s raining Goldbergs, with pianists queuing up to deliver their take on Bach’s majestic set of variations.
Monday 30 December 2013
Ronnie Scott’s, London
Sunday 29 December 2013
Victims demand to know why Ian Lake was employed by Royal College of Music for so long
Wednesday 25 December 2013
An illuminating look at life behind the Berlin Wall
Monday 23 December 2013
Gaga outshone by the sensational, inspirational, celebrational Muppets
Friday 06 December 2013
Is there too much music surrounding us? In particular, I’m thinking of the seasonal offerings of Wise Men and Angels and Santa’s sleigh bells which constantly cloud the winter air on our high streets. As a musician, I’m supposed to love music, aren’t I? Can there really be too much of such a good thing?
Friday 22 November 2013
Sleek solo set shows that Gary’s back for good
Thursday 21 November 2013
Vaudeville Theatre, London
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Plight of MP’s brother raises questions about fairness of controversial welfare reform
Sunday 17 November 2013
They have publicly humiliated former business titans from Rupert Murdoch to Bob Diamond, forced Starbucks to cough up £10m in tax and made villains of some of the world’s best-known brands. But corporate Britain is fighting back against Parliament’s newly invigorated inquisitorial committees by hiring highly paid specialist consultants to prepare executives for grillings by MPs.
Sunday 17 November 2013
This Spain and Colorado-based singer-songwriter’s wavering ethereal voice hangs in the air like cigar smoke and is curiously reminiscent of the theremin. It’s the perfect vehicle for carrying her timeless songs, which mix Tin Pan Alley jauntiness with New Orleans swing, then throws in a dash of country melancholy so that you never know quite where you are.
Friday 08 November 2013
Kit Downes and Stan Tracey riff on the state of their art ahead of the London Jazz Festival
Monday 07 October 2013
How far has ‘new music’ progressed since the Fifties? On the evidence of two magisterial Southbank concerts, scarcely at all. John Lennon’s borrowing (for “Strawberry Fields”) from Stockhausen’s “Gesang der Junglinge” was an indication of how deeply that pioneering electronic work had penetrated mid-century culture, and to listen to it now is to experience anew the freshness of its invention. This is best done with eyes shut, because what Stockhausen’s collage does is create a landscape bursting with events of an almost tactile nature. One’s initial impression is of being painlessly dive-bombed from all angles by flocks of excited birds, but that is just one of many evanescent effects emerging from the speakers round the auditorium.
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