My relationship with the Proms has changed a tremendous amount over the years. This season diary illustrates how.
A touching hour-long event streamed live on YouTube and Facebook thanks to the foresight of Wigmore Hall’s John Gilhoolly featuring cellist, Holocaust-survivor and English Chamber Orchestra founder Anita Lasker-Wallfisch.
A student production won’t necessarily be ‘perfect’ but it will be engaging. A discerning eye will look out for potential and celebrate it. There will definitely be spirit too. Trinity Laban’s opening night of Britten’s Rape of Lucretia delivered.
On the one hand, I’m not entirely clear on this delightfully pocket-size book has been published. At £9.99 for a hardback and nearly £5 for a Kindle edition it seems a little over-priced for a message which seems quite obvious. Who is it who needs persuading that creativity needs more emphasis in our education system? And are they likely to be interested in forking out a tenner to read why?
The book highlights the ‘false division’ between science and the arts, reasserting the wider definition and usage of the word creativity. But there was a time when multiple disciplines linked up with the creative arts – think of the original title for the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences. Since then an imbalance has emerged. Its time that was reversed.
This is not to dismiss the book completely out of hand. There is something pleasing about the size of it, the solidity of it in the hand, and its hint of optimism about the future. It tackles a polarised argument. There is an inclusive feel to it.