Saturday, July 31, 2010


The latest from Verbier. Dogs, Haydn, cancellations, chamber delights and how I nearly, nearly, nearly met Dame Gwyneth Jones. Stay tuned for the next installment, in which we meet a raft of rising opera stars instead.

Friday, July 30, 2010

JDCMB Transalpine Festival Adventure Parts I & II

Hi from Verbier. Am live-blogging my festival trip from Torre del Lago to the mountains.
Part 1
Part 2Tune in again for the next thrilling instalment...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I haven't been to Denmark this week, but on hearing about Johann Kobborg's ballet gala in Skagen, I wish I had.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

RIP Anthony Rolfe Johnson

Much saddened today to hear of the death of one of Britain's greatest tenors. I've included a recording of him singing some utterly glorious Monteverdi.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Prom, Prom, Prom!

The Proms kick off tonight and I've interviewed Paul Lewis about his mammoth task of playing all five Beethoven concertos. The article's in today's Independent, but also I've posted the entire interview transcript to the blog, because it's jolly interesting:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

RIP Sir Charles Mackerras

Sir Charles Mackerras has died in London, aged 84. My own tribute, plus links to a number of others.

Meet Wesley Stace

A substantial e-interview with the brilliant author and songwriter Wesley Stace, whose new novel Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer, is a literary thriller set plumb in the middle of the Edwardian musical milieu.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Frogs, princes and Proms commissions...

My piece in today's Independent about Proms commissions is a bit truncated, so here's the Director's Cut:

Monday, July 12, 2010

You look away for two minutes and... miss a lot of action when you go on holiday. Here's a quick catch-up whizzing through Faure, Mahler and the sorry case of Mikhail Pletnev.