Ripples of influence – Mustafa, Paul, Idil and John

When Schumann wrote his artless Scenes of Childhood in 1838 (Naxos 8.550784), he titled the short fourth movement “Pleading Child”. The final chord remains unresolved, suggesting that the child is gazing up at a parent, waiting for the answer to … Read More →


International Women’s Day – a report from the music department

As the posting of this week’s blog coincides with International Women’s Day, let’s kick off by quoting Frédérique Petrides, the female violinist, conductor, teacher and publisher who was a pioneering advocate for women in music. Born in Belgium in 1903, … Read More →