Music in Durham

Red Priest: Truly, Madly Baroque

A blast of energy with an explosive concert by Red Priest of their new programme ‘Truly, Madly Baroque’ opening the SRP National Festival at Ushaw College.

Adventures in French baroque

My recorder teacher has finally let me loose on some French baroque music, so here are a few musings on what I’ve learnt so far about battement and flattement.

Baroque ornamentation workshop

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.

Concert reflections

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 […]

Recorder programme notes

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.

Unheroic Jason

Hannah Pedley as Medea

It’s easy to think that we know the story of Jason – it’s a standard in every child’s book of Greek Myths, the hero who overcomes impossible challenges to claim the prize of the Golden Fleece, helped by the lovely witch-princess Medea who has conveniently fallen in love with him. There’s not much of this […]

Agrippina – Tiger Mother

Agrippina is one of those big characters in Roman history – sister of Caligula, niece and wife of Claudius and mother of Nero, she seems to have spent her life embroiled in scandal and notoriety. Given this subject matter though, and the baroque tendency to delight in excesses of all kinds, Handel’s Agrippina is remarkably […]