Fires Of Love, "Remember Me My Deir" (Delphian)
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John Hopkins: Conductor who worked with the BBC in the 1950s then forged a new career in Australia and New Zealand
Thursday 26 December 2013
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.
Friday 20 December 2013
Friday 11 October 2013
Unfulfilled passion for Clara Schumann underpinned Brahms’s four symphonies, believes conductor and also, here, piano accompanist Axelrod.
Sunday 06 October 2013
The Prodigal Son was Prokofiev’s fourth and final ballet score for Diaghilev, whose death in the year of its first performance, 1929, ended the great collaborations of composers and artists at the Ballets Russes.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Patsy Swayze, who died on 16 September at the age of 86, was a choreographer and dance instructor and the mother of the late actor Patrick Swayze. Her credits include such films as Urban Cowboy and Thelma and Louise, and she was also the founder and director of the highly acclaimed Houston Jazz-Ballet Company as well as teaching at the University of Houston for 18 years.
Classical review: The final Proms cover the waterfront, and the Last Night is the best in years thanks to Marin Alsop
Monday 09 September 2013
Prom 72 – Calleja, Orchestra Verdi, Zhang (***)
Prom 73 - Cooper, Lewis (*****)
Prom 74 – Sonnleitner, Vienna Phil, Maazel (***)
Prom 75 – DiDonato, Kennedy, BBCSO, Alsop (*****)
Sunday 08 September 2013
You could not have dreamed up a better PR warm-up than the one for this Last Night of the Proms, with Nigel Kennedy's multiple baiting of the PC police, and Joyce DiDonato telling all who would listen about her Vivienne Westwood frocks.
Monday 02 September 2013
Prom 63 – Midori, Philharmonia, Salonen (*****)
Proms Saturday Matinee 5 – Bullock, Camerata Nordica, Tonnesen (****)
Saturday 17 August 2013
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise
Saturday 29 June 2013
Something very exciting happens in Philippe Herreweghe’s recording of Mozart’s last three symphonies.
Monday 20 May 2013
Some of Anish Kapoor's ventures into gigantism have been questionable successes.
Sunday 12 May 2013
Former Yehudi Menuhin School pupil describes 'inappropriate behaviour by a number of teachers' during the 1980s
Friday 03 May 2013
Daniel Harding will conduct a BBC Prom due to have been given by Sir Colin Davis who died last month aged 85.
Friday 19 April 2013
Sir Colin Davis died this week. Miranda Kiek asks what made him great, and looks at the young conductors hoping to match his mighty example
Saturday 13 April 2013
A perpetual voyager is saved by selflessness and a terrific chorus
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