Some notes from the workshop I attended on baroque ornamentation run by Evelyn Nallen for the Durham Branch of Society of Recorder Players – with useful reminders for me of what we learnt.
My thoughts on historically informed performance: what gets me excited about it, and what I think is, and isn’t, important when I listen to baroque music.
My thoughts on the recent Radio Three debate about music criticism.
First of all, thank you to everyone who came to my concert on 28 Feb with Liz Roberts and Janet Evans, and to all those others who couldn’t make it but who gave me so much encouragement and support. It was my first recorder performance for about twenty years, so although it was a short programme, in a small venue, filled with friends, it was a really big moment for me.
Notes about the recorder music by Handel, Rubbra and Berkeley that I’ll be playing in a concert with Liz Roberts and Janet Evans on 28 February.
Our next Durham Singers concert is a magical winter mixture of French and English music, chosen by our guest conductor Clare Lawrence-Wills.
I’m pretty excited about this Friday’s concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Sage Gateshead because they’re playing one of my favourite pieces of music – Stravinsky’s glittering, brilliant Petrushka ballet.
It’s the time of year for making lists (and checking them twice), so here’s my contribution: my favourite nine choir carols, roughly in the order of a Nine Lessons and Carols service. Nothing startling or original here, but lots of happy memories of Christmas singing.
It’s taken me nearly a week before I’ve felt ready to write about our St Matthew Passion. I almost said nothing at all, but having written about preparations for it, I thought I should round things off with a look back at a performance in which I was extraordinarily proud to have taken part.
Now that St Matthew Passion is over and done with, and the stirring-up has been done, it’s time to clear my head and start thinking about Christmas. We don’t have a Christmas concert of our own this year, because St Matthew came so late in November, although we are doing a small carol service in the chapel at Auckland Castle, so I do get to sing a bit of Christmas music. The upside of this though is that I am free to go to everyone else’s Christmas concerts instead, and there’s a good selection this year.