Easter extensions

The account of the birth of Christianity as depicted through the life of Jesus some 2,000 years ago has been celebrated for centuries through masterpieces of the Western European classical music tradition. Formats include the Passion, the Stabat Mater and … Read More →



In his celebrated novel, Jules Verne took his readers Around the World in Eighty Days. Today, I wondered if we could perform a similar feat with a handful of classical compositions, namely those that feature a country’s capital city in … Read More →


Who’s afraid of new music…?

Think about the last time you went into an art gallery. It’s pretty certain you won’t have liked all of the modern paintings, but I would be prepared to bet there was at least one which impressed and stuck in … Read More →


Up for review

Pity the poor reviewer who has to attend performances of contemporary music and make instant judgements on the works’ artistic merits. It’s not an easy task, which has occasionally been recognised by concert promoters who will immediately follow the première … Read More →


From shillelagh to sheng

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought we could pick up our shillelaghs, go for a walk that starts in the Emerald Isle and see where it eventually takes us. There’s something uniquely charming about Ireland, with … Read More →