Podcast: A legend lives on

Although Reinhold Glière’s Symphony No. 3, subtitled Il’ya Muromets, is rarely performed or recorded, this new Naxos recording confirms that the work deserves the attention of a much wider audience. Performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic and conducted by JoAnn Falletta, … Read More →


Lost and found

Travellers on London’s public transport are a forgetful lot. Each year, some 160,000 items are left behind by careless commuters. Most are mundane (umbrellas and backpacks); some bizarre (a case full of dentures and a stuffed puffer fish). Occasionally, such … Read More →



The announcement of the death of British conductor Sir Colin Davis last month carried with it a reminder of the longevity of many outstanding princes of the podium. Sir Colin was 85 when he died; before him, Otto Klemperer was … 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 →


3-pronged talents, 2-forked tongues

While most of us struggle to master the latest technical gremlins on our instrument, prepare the rehearsal plan for our next appointment on the podium, or discipline ourselves to apply all those pesky articulation marks to our current composition, it’s … Read More →