The index to my happiness playlist: fifty happy pieces of music for troubled times
Five orchestras, five concerts, one hall and nine symphonies as I spend a heroic weekend having my soul reforged in Beethoven’s life-giving fires.
How do we justify the existence of a radio station that just 3% of us listen to, but everyone pays for? A few musings on classical music and the BBC.
My thoughts on some of the new recordings that I’ve really enjoyed in 2018. (Clickbait: some of my choices may surprise you).
Whilst on holiday in Sicily, I visited the wonderful Casa della Musica in Randazzo, museum and workshop of early music specialist Giuseppe Serverini.
The Durham Music Service Showcase event at Sage Gateshead was a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to perform, and showed just how lucky we are here in County Durham when it comes to music education.
It’s been a couple of weeks now since I sang Monteverdi Vespers, and the concert of a lifetime was followed by a rather spectacular holiday too, so this final blog post in my Vespers diary comes after a bit of time to reflect. Thank you everyone who has put up with this year’s Monteverdi obsession: here are the final words on the subject.
When I’m learning big pieces of music, I like to submerge myself in recordings so that I have a deep sense of how my part fits in with everything else that’s going on. Normally, picking a recording is quite a straightforward process, but choosing which version of Monteverdi’s Vespers to listen to has been a bit more of an adventure.