Monday, July 20, 2009

Ring & Creation

I've a piece in today's Independent about Gergiev and the Ring Cycle, at Covent Garden together next week; also a write-up in Standpoint blog today about The Creation at the Proms the other night. And a piece in Standpoint Magazine about The Creation in general, as believe it or not it is my favourite piece of music of all time.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Introducing SONGS

Video from the launch bash for Songs of Triumphant Love. Viewable at Standpoint.

I suppose I ought to apologise for the self-promotion, since I am British (did you know that nobody else gives a damn about such things? It's only Brits who think we're Bad People if we say we've written something). But after all the hard work, I'd quite like people to know that the book exists, and since it is not at the front of Waterstone's, if I don't do something then nobody will ever know. Such is life and the book trade.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Women on Wires

It's been a slow blog week, due to book launch, deadlines and technical glitches, but the underlying theme has been some seriously wired women, including me.

Some extra news for those who are still accessing the posts via JDCMB Original: Songs of Triumphant Love is to be turned into an audio book! This is really good news, not least because the others weren't, and it's an increasingly popular format.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

What Shostakovich did in London

Apparently in 1972 Shostakovich made a rare visit to London for a performance of his Symphony No.15. He had two free evenings. On the first of these, he went to the theatre to see Jesus Christ, Superstar. On the second free evening, he insisted on going to see it again. And said he'd have liked the chance to use some of those instruments. Imagine Shostakovich with an electric guitar... 
The JDCMB social secretary informs me that this was gleaned yesterday at the very lovely celebrations for the wedding of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber to Jiaxin Cheng, formerly principal cellist of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Many congratulations to the happy couple!