Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For Sale: a nation's musical memories

EMI is reported to be putting Abbey Road Studios up for sale. Lateral thinking: if we turn it into a musical museum, it would be the ideal new home for the V&A's musical instrument collection! What are the chances of that, though...?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chopin Bicentenary: Pitch Your Tents Now

A dazzling bonanza of piano-playing is about to get underway to mark the Chopin bicentenary (and some of it already has), so here's my pick of the bunch, plus film of Zimerman in Chopin's Ballade No.1. Prepare to surrender to the flow and pitch camp...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kirkland & Dowell in R&J

A Valentine's Day Friday 'Historical' treat from two legendary ballet dancers and good old Prokofiev. And some funny stuff about my ballet class....

Thursday, February 11, 2010


...sat on the wall of a newly built Millennium arts project venue and wondered where all the people were.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Meet Huseyin Sermet

My latest interviewee for International Piano Magazine makes his South Bank recital debut tonight. He's one of Turkey's top musicians, composer as well as pianist - though, he says, not composer-pianist - and we should have heard much more about him much sooner. Come and hear him at the QEH later! Meanwhile, a taster of the interview and some film of him playing Mussorgsky: