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Sir Simon Rattle appointed Music Director of LSO

As a classical music lover, I’m really pleased this has happened. I’m convinced it will have a significant give the UK orchestral scene a shot in the arm in terms of PR which in turn will have positive impact on its profile in London and across the UK. That can only be a good thing.

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New concert hall, new logo

The classical music cognoscenti has got itself terribly, terribly excited.

Brighton Festival 2015 Programme Released

Some personal classical music highlights from this year’s Brighton Festival programme, unveiled on Wednesday 18 February 2015.

Mahler 2 / Berlin Philharmonic

This should be brief. When you listen to the best orchestra in the world conducted by Simon Rattle, there’s very little to really say anyway. Last night’s performance still lingers this morning: breathtaking dynamic range and pin-sharp precision would be the obvious things to point out. Stunning feats of musical dexterity – a high note…

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#Classical365: 34 – Franck Violin Sonata

Reluctant exercise at the gym, Cesar Franck and one or two creative ideas. Good work.

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Rosenblatt Recitals 2015: Saimir Pirgu / Simon Lepper

An Albanian on the stage, lots of them in the audience and a smart arse at the back.

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So, er yeah. Australia to compete in Eurovision 2015

Never have I ever imagined that Eurovision would make it to the display board on Charing Cross Station concourse. The news itself wasn’t a surprise. I was alerted to it by a colleague at work who’d received a text from his husband. “Can this be true?” “No,” I replied, “they broadcast it, but they can’t…

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Wigmore Hall 2015/16 Season Launch

A glass of cava, mingling (kinda) with the great and the good and a captivating speaker. Nice.

#Classical365: 33 – Bruckner Symphony No.4

The first movement is great. Washes away everything. Everything left behind is pristine. Even the past.

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