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Vocal clout

Tomorrow, 13 September, is the occasion of the famous Last Night of the BBC Promenade Concerts, renowned for the fervour of its patriotic singing by some 6,000 voices in the audience and, no doubt, millions more joining in from home. … Read More →


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Craftsman’s art and music’s measure

Most music is referred to as ‘absolute music’. It simply comprises notes that combine to weave melodic charm. Most Haydn symphonies serve as an example. At the other end of the composing spectrum lie artefacts – physical objects other than … Read More →


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Taking turns

Like those used on Christmas trees, ornaments in music make melodies more attractive, injecting a bit of zip and sparkle into an otherwise mundane note. Some of them carry technical names that students struggle to remember but, on paper, a … Read More →


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Taking a toll. Mid-festival at the BBC Proms.

Next week the BBC Promenade Concerts arrive at their mid-festival point. A number of programmes for the concerts being held during 15-21 August are assembled around themes; unsurprisingly, the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war is marked … Read More →


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The tingle factor

Have you ever had that experience – listening to a piece of music, when all of a sudden something uber-beautiful happens and your brain tingles, your scalp takes on a life of its own and you feel waves of electricity … Read More →