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Tamesis Christmas

An old school-pal from 30 years ago has released a CD of Christmas music with the singers she directs, the Tamesis Chamber Choir.
I’ve listened and, inevitably, I’ve gone a little dewy-eyed.


Gorgeously sentimental

I got a chance to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane again a couple of weeks back. Some were surprised I’d gone to see it a second time.

I’m probably not the target audience but despite the mixed reviews, second time around the show holds up. It does have its charms.


Hugo Herbert-Jones

Sad news from Aldeburgh Music today about the death of a lifelong supporter.


Half-way through NaNoWriMo 2014

I’m working my way through November by challenging myself to do NaNoWriMo – writing 50,000 words of a novel in a month. I’ve tried it in years gone by but let the thing slide mid-way through and then given up. Not this year, it seems. So I’m a bit pleased about that.

I seriously doubt I’ll get to the 50,000 word goal (although to be honest, I’ve got approximately 25,000 words of the novel I’ve been working on for the past 11 years written anyway), but what I’ve been really impressed with by NaNoWriMo this year is my change of heart about writing in general. I thought I’d share some of them here.


Not a bad idea

It’s a long time since I’ve read Sinfini Music. Not since Christopher Gillett‘s drubbing of front row Prommers. I ended up getting a little defensive as a result. I returned to SF this evening, in search of some classical music journalism and – unexpectedly – found myself reading Gillett’s curation of the Dejan Lazić review…

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