One of that select band of British pianists to achieve international recognition, Bernard Roberts was in constant demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist, concerto soloist and teacher. He was acclaimed by audiences and critics, the remarkable breadth of his industry bringing greater recognition for the instrument itself and proving pivotal in inspiring generations of aspiring performers.
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Why have I started lecturing people in the streets? Maybe because I consider it a form of public service
Friday 06 December 2013
Favoured topics are matters of practical morality, dress sense, litter – that sort of thing
Saturday 26 January 2013
Thursday 06 December 2012
After a long absence following an injury plus psychological burn-out, Maxim Vengerov has spent this year making his come-back: he’s given scores of concerts abroad, but his re-entry into the London scene has been very carefully managed.
Monday 19 November 2012
Cecilia Bartoli always has a project, and her current one is to resurrect the work of Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) who combined the roles of spy, singer, bishop, and opera composer.
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Colin Horsley, the New Zealand pianist who made his home in Britain, was first noticed at an end-of-term concert at the Royal College of Music in 1941 when he displayed "almost alarming virtuosity" in a performance of the Saint-Saëns G minor piano concerto. A reviewer wrote: "he can do everything and does it with ease".
Tuesday 27 March 2012
A defining week in Godolphin's year began in disappointing fashion yesterday when it was revealed that Gamilati, one of the stable's leading Classic contenders, will miss the opening phase of the European season. Two stylish wins at Meydan this year had earned the filly (pictured) a quote of 12-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, but the Godolphin manager revealed that she is now in the Dubai Equine Hospital. "Unfortunately, Gamilati has required surgery to remove a chip from her near-fore ankle," Simon Crisford explained. "She will have a little bit of time out of training, and when she starts back in a few weeks we will reassess her programme for the summer."
Sunday 14 August 2011
Sunday 31 July 2011
Wednesday 20 July 2011
It’s testimony to the extraordinary interest which counter-tenor Iestyn Davies now arouses that his weekday lunchtime recital was packed.
Friday 24 June 2011
What Andy Murray is to Wimbledon, Benjamin Grosvenor is to pianism: a bright young British hope. He’s come a long way in his 18 years, with a precocious win in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award being one of the milestones.
Friday 17 June 2011
Thursday 16 June 2011
Now approaching his seventieth birthday, Daniel Barenboim is not letting up.
Wednesday 01 June 2011
As the world’s top venue for chamber music, the Wigmore Hall had a lot to celebrate on its 110th anniversary. But when it opened in 1901, it had a different name and purpose.
Friday 13 May 2011
Wednesday 04 May 2011
Sometimes the rationale underlying a concert is as important as the music itself, and so was it with this visit from the Catalan musicologist Jordi Savall, his singer wife Montserrat Figueras, and the Greek multi-instrumentalist Dimitri Psonis.
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