This is the week that was

For many people, the week running up to Christmas Day is a frenzy of last-minute shopping, gift wrapping and chestnut peeling, not forgetting rehearsals for Carol Services and Midnight Masses. This week’s blog post, however, skirts the tinsel and mistletoe … Read More →


Baton charges

The publication of John Axelrod’s Naxos Ebook The Symphony Orchestra in Crisis certainly caused a stir, with its wry observations and thought-provoking predictions for the industry. One year on, we asked the American conductor for a review of the state … Read More →


Podcast: Changing hats

The music of the Spanish-American composer Leonardo Balada defies categorisation, switching between styles with an easy confidence that continually surprises and delights. Rick Phillips takes us on a tour of this latest Naxos disc of Balada’s music, which visits soldiers … Read More →


Strike up the banned!

Sticks and stones will break my bones But words will never harm me. Tell that to the censors, who are hard at it every day around the world serving repressive regimes with their literary cuts. History has its own examples. … Read More →

Where corals lie

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the planet’s greatest beauties, stretches for some 2,900 kilometres off the Queensland coast and provides the habitat for a cornucopia of corals, fish and sea mammals. Yet we read how swathes are being slowly … Read More →