It’s as though my birthday has come early. A fortnight of blissful self-powered exploration awaits with the unveiling of Medici TV’s Leeds Piano Competition coverage.
The Minnesota Orchestra are back at the Proms. Their sound is incredibly exciting: a sort of pit-band dryness mixed with a cavernous ambience around them. A magnetic kind of intimacy is created as a result: all clean lines, brushed steel worktops and polished concrete. Modern. Sleek. Sophisticated.
More Snape Maltings loveliness. I shot this footage during my visit to Suffolk earlier this week to see the NYO play their summer 2018 concert.
It was a blistering hot day and an absolute pleasure to be there too. Next time I’m staying longer. For sure. Heaven.
In some respects, the relatively cramped surroundings of Snape Maltings Concert Hall must have made this a tough opening night for the NYO. Symphony Hall is a better proportion for their scale and range. The Royal Albert Hall will suit them to perfection. I can’t wait to hear them on the radio.