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.