Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A sop to our consciences...

Here's my piece from today's Independent on the iniquities of musical organisations that promote themselves with the concept of peace. "If we accept "music for peace" as the panacea of all evils, we are selling short not only everything that music can achieve, which is prodigious, but also the nature of peace itself."

(Update, 23 Dec: the "Quartet for Peace" points out that the four instruments it comprises were actually crafted by the Cape Town-based luthier Brian Lisus. Apologies for misidentification.)

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Spot of Brahms in the Balkans

Just back from tour with the LPO to Istanbul, Skopje and Sofia. Read all about it...and I hope to upload more pics later on. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3633

Monday, December 06, 2010

Giving .1

Here are my top 5 Xmas pressies. Some are predictable, but others less so. No.1 is especially valuable, but you need to do it *this week*. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3631

Friday, December 03, 2010

Triple Treating

A new show, Rain Dance, from W11 Opera, Cinderella from Matthew Bourne at his best, and a new Nutcracker coming up soon from English National Ballet: who says there's nothing out there but the Messiah? http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3630

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Great Gate of Kiev, by Kandinsky

This is what I went to see in Paris the other day: astonishing evening of live music and living Kandinsky courtesy of Micha Rudy and the Cite de la Musique... http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3629