Review: Berio’s Sequenza II, Vasks’ Plainscapes, and Ives’ Celestial Country

An ambitious and expectation-defying programme of Berio, Vasks and Ives. The audience reception was warm and enthusiastic for a breathtaking performance from the Latvian Radio Choir. I normally pen, draft and sometimes even publish a review as soon as I possibly can after the performance. But for the second time in Monte Carlo, I've taken a moment […]

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More composers, more music, more listening opportunities

IWD is an odd thing. It’s one of the few ‘occasions’ I’ve seen coming down the pipe on social media that I’ve risen to. I see the day as an opportunity to celebrate people who have helped me – the sort of Mothering Sunday I’d like Mothering Sunday to be but never really is. Because really, as a bloke, white and almost certainly privileged in some people’s eyes, celebrating the women who have helped me in life and career (all of them) is the very least I can do.

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New professional ensemble led by disabled musicians

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced the names of a new professional ensemble led by disabled musicians. The six founding musicians of its new disabled-led ensemble are Siobhan Clough (violin/ viola), Phillip Howells (percussion), Roger Preston (cello), Kate Risdon (flute), Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Charlotte White (LinnStrument). The players trained at London conservatoires Trinity Laban, Royal Academy and Guildhall School of Music. The ensemble is a core part of […]

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