Thoroughly Good

Left to right: Matt Buswell, Natasha Day, Julien Van Mellaerts,Joel Williams and Polly Leech

Albert Herring / RCM International Opera School – Cast One / Britten Theatre

A dazzling opening night from cast one of RCM Opera’s production of Britten’s Albert Herring.

Eric Whitacre conducting an experiment into how stress  levels are reduced during rehearsals and concerts.

Proved: singing is relaxing

Eric Whitacre and the Royal College of Music have conducted a study revealing how classical music lower stress levels.


Walking along Aldeburgh Music history

A trot down memory lane on a hot day in June.

The Bentley piano at the Methodist Church in Sevenoaks.

If you make a mistake, carry on

It was a Saturday afternoon concert for a handful of people. What’s the big deal?

St John's Smith Square

St John’s Smith Square 2015/16 Season Announced

A new season of concerts is unveiled for the 300 year-old concert venue in Westminster.


Kirill Petrenko voted new artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic

Yesterday, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra revealed the name of their newly voted in principal conductor – Kirill Petrenko.

Some thoughts on @FutureLearn’s #FLFiction15

Future Learn – an online self-learning endeavour powered by the Open University – offers a free two-month long course dedicated to writing fiction. I completed it at the weekend. Here are some thoughts about it. I adored this course. It was totally absorbing and surprisingly addictive too. There was a real sense of community amongst…

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BBC Ten Pieces at Purfleet, 16 June 2015. Picture Credit: Paul Murphy, BBC

BBC Ten Pieces at the Backstage Centre, Purfleet

I attended one of the BBC Ten Pieces concerts given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Backstage Centre in Purfleet earlier this afternoon. It was an experience I wasn’t entirely prepared for, which this Facebook post explains in a little more detail.

ESO’s Michael Bochmann recieves MBE in Birthday Honours

English Symphony Orchestra leader Michael Bochmann gets Birthday Honours gong. Well done him.

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