Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Speaking of Talks...

I'm giving a talk/reading re Songs of Triumphant Love at East Sheen Library on Thursday evening. Do come along if you can. 7pm for 7.30pm, 1 min from Mortlake Station (SW Trains from Waterloo). East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane Centre, Sheen Lane, London SW14. Love and hugs to all attendees.

When the show mustn't go on...

Kaufmann cancelled the other day at the ROH and all hell has broken loose in Intermezzo's comments boxes... http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2244

Monday, September 28, 2009


An eclectic roundup involving the post strike, LondonJazz making good at the Daily Telegraph and Imogen Cooper turning 60. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2237

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Farewell to Alicia de Larrocha...

...who has died aged 86. I've linked the post to the New York Times obituary and some de Falla film. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2235

Friday, September 25, 2009

The joy of Joyce

My interview with Joyce DiDonato is in today's Independent: http://bit.ly/wUjkW. Have posted some Youtube vid at Standpoint blog with a surprise encore...http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2234. Enjoy(ce)!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Munching Music in Munchen

I'm back from a very surreal holiday that finished up in Munich at a) the Bavarian State Opera and b) the Oktoberfest, by way of the White Horse Inn and a ghost (which wasn't in the White Horse Inn). Hmm. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2202

Friday, September 11, 2009

Viva la Liberta!

A mix of Wagnery, Mozarty and Haydny stuff, previewing Tony Palmer's new film about the Wagner family which screens on Sunday, and culminating, after a circuitous route via Kings Place, in Furtwangler conducting the end of part I of Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival in 1950. Worth a listen! http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2135

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Land of...um...

I was going to slag off the Last Night of the Proms, but then I saw that David Attenborough is going to play the floor polisher in the Malcolm Arnold, so I wrote something else instead: http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2134

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


A link to my review in today's Independent of Martha Argerich's Prom, plus some personal observations... and a terrifying little memory of what happened when I found myself at the same festival lunch as her a few years ago. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2112

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

'Think of yourself as a packet of crisps...'

How to survive as a young musician in today's beastly artless world, first according to a piece in The Times the other day, then a few more miserable and horrible ideas from yrs truly. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/2110