Indoor Picnics and Other Oddities – The BBC Proms

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Friday night brings with it the First Night of the Proms, the opening fanfare of over one hundred concerts which will draw to a close with one last rousing chorus of Jerusalem on September 10th.  In between, performances of every shade of classical music will be on offer from a phalanx of the world’s finest… Read more »

Nightmare On Elgar Street

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Were you to bury your entire face in the wrong end of a French horn – the bell, as it is called – you could scream yourself hoarse while remaining almost completely unheard by those immediately around you. The horn’s capacity to swallow sound is second only to its more conventional capacity to emit. Since… Read more »

The return of I Fagiolini

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NOTE: This post was originally posted as one of a daily series highlighting interesting singing from around the web   For the rest of this series I’ll be publishing an hour later, at 10am GMT on each day of Advent. I am posting a video each day of a piece which, in my opinion, celebrates the best… Read more »

More must-listen music: War Horse

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More music sharing. The National Theatre’s War Horse is currently playing in the West End, and greatly deserves each of the five star ratings it has received. Music is in itself a character in the story, and the production includes stirring arrangements of hymns and traditional songs. The soundtrack is well worth buying. I have… Read more »