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One from the Tudor Archives
A good friend urged me to seek out and listen to the group called Stile Antico and even bought me one of their CDs to convince me!  I was duly impressed and when, in 2013, the sadly-defunct International Record Review sent me a new release from them for rev...
One from the Tudor Archives
One from the Tudor Archives
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Did Choirs Exist Before the Internet?
The BBC is
to blame for my arriving at work this morning a little late.   Just as I was about to leave home, on came a
news item about a choir in Brisbane which meets in a pub.   I was interested in the story, of course, and
particularly by the fact that th...
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Thinking Out Of the Musical Box
I have just
finished reviewing a hugely enjoyable disc of Dohnányi’s chamber music vivaciously
played by the Nash Ensemble and splendidly recorded (as ever) by Hyperion.   In due course my review will appear on the
pages of MusicWeb International. But I
men...
Thinking Out Of the Musical Box
Thinking Out Of the Musical Box
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Can We Teach Improvisation or Merely Nuture It?
When
Trinity introduced Improvisation into its examination syllabus, many of us
rejoiced.   Much as the exam boards
protest that they offer a syllabus rather than a curriculum, in reality we all
know that most teachers around the world teach to the exam syl...
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How Fake News Grows
Much to my
surprise, I find myself at the centre of a tiny flurry of fake news.   While I have found it hugely entertaining and
rather amusing, I have also been made aware of how pernicious it can be and how
it can spiral out of control with unforeseen and ...
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Concert Behaviour - Embracing Change
Last
weekend my critic colleagues in London were much exercised by the issue of the
audience applauding between the movements of Holst's Planets at the First Night of the Proms.   I can't see what the fuss was all about; Holst
never intended his Planets as ...
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Why Play Piano
It has been
my privilege and unmitigated pleasure to spend the week at the Singapore Music
Teachers’ Association biennial Performers’ Festival.   As a seasoned adjudicator at music festivals,
I can say that this one is special.   It’s
so pleasing to adjudic...
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Farewell Bows
Many words
have been expended (in this blog, if not elsewhere) on applause, but none on
how to respond to applause.   I generally
refer to myself as a “professional listener”, which means I usually look at a performance
from the audience’s perspective, but ...
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False Encores
This was a magnificent
concert.   One of those you felt genuinely
glad to have attended.   The first
half featured a single performer on a single instrument playing a single work;
Qin Li-Wei performing the Sonata for Solo Cello by Kodaly.   I must have hear...
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Whither Goest Thou, 21st Century Music?
It was
largely by coincidence that all three of the concerts I attended yesterday comprised
mainly 21 st century music.   Arch-traditionalist and died-in-the-wool conservative as I am, it is thrilling
to know that the desire to compose new music is as stron...
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