Sea, hear

Are you a fan of rivers, or a lover of the sea? Those living in land-locked countries probably tend to the former, while people of island nations inevitably get pulled to the latter, with its vast expanse, unfathomable depth and … Read More →


Left to its own devices

A friend of mine once heard me practising the piano and suggested I try it one hand at a time so that it would sound only half as bad. He probably had a point. He also had an ability to … Read More →


Flowers of the Field

Ann Widdecombe, the former Tory British MP, famously undermined the party-leadership prospects of fellow parliamentarian Michael Howard in 1997 by suggesting he had “something of the night” about him. The novel phrase, with its sinister implications, has since entered the … Read More →

From Chandos in June: Britten’s Owen Wingrave and Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1

On June 24, Naxos releases the newest addition to Chandos’ Britten catalog: Owen Wingrave, a rarely-performed late Britten masterwork and his second-to-last opera (Chandos 10473). Owen Wingrave features seasoned Britten performer Richard Hickox, who leads the City of London Sinfonia … Read More →