Category Archives: Classical Music

Berlin Philharmonic……….where are the women?

Every year about this time I receive an e-mail inviting me to look at the forthcoming season of concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. I have visited Berlin and attended one of their concerts and I have made it clear … Continue reading

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The Halle Orchestra invests in musical education

A leading international orchestra is planning to open a state school and make it a centre of excellence for music. The Halle Orchestra wants to open a school in Stoke-on-Trent in 2020, for both primary and secondary pupils. The orchestra will work … Continue reading

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The Protecting Veil…….neglected masterpiece

For the composer John Tavener, who died aged 69 in 2013, creativity sprang from religious faith. Many of his works held an appeal for audiences that did not necessarily identify with contemporary music or the theological values from which he … Continue reading

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Greg Lake…….another great musician dies

“I Believe in Father Christmas” is a song by English musician Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song, this was not Lake’s intention. Lake claims to have written the song in … Continue reading

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Mirga opens with a dazzling first concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Having closely followed the career of Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, I am pleased to publish the review  ( 4 stars) of her first concert as Music Director of the CBSO, published in the Times newspaper dated 18 November 2016. First fire, then a sunrise. … Continue reading

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Khatia Buniatishvili plays Kanchellis “When Almonds Blossomed”

A little while ago a friend of mine in Lithuania sent me a link to a piece of music by the Georgian composer, Giya Kanchelli. This was a piece for solo cello and very atmospheric and brooding. I had come … Continue reading

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George Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody No 2……..and a little thank you to Michael Portillo

A few weeks ago I was watching the first of Michael Portillos “Great Continental Train Journeys” and in that episode he was travelling through Romania.  Armed with his trusty 1913 Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide, Michael Portillo ventures east through Romania … Continue reading

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