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A few weeks ago I had an encounter with a man at a currency exchange desk at Heathrow airport and tweeted the conversation thus: “Nice bloke at Heathrow currency exchange desk asks whether Brexit will be good for my industry. When I said no, disastrous, he said he asks everyone the same question: and Every.Continue reading → on Brexit and music: Theme and Variations
Last Night Blues Confession: I’ve never much liked the concept or the paraphernalia of the Last Night of the Proms, not because I’m a killjoy or have an antipathy to that strange bendy-knee jigging up and down the Prommers do, or clapping on the beat, but because it always seemed to me that the flag waving pantomime of it wasContinue reading → on Flags at the Proms: a few thoughts
In my recently-released book and TV series, The Story of Music, I made some comments about the avant-garde in classical music in the 20th century which have sparked debate and – in some quarters – some confusion and misrepresentation of my observations which it might be good to address, briefly. I am not a missionary,Continue reading → on 20th Century Modernism: Some Thoughts
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I have wanted to adapt Shakespeare’s beautiful late play The Winter’s Tale for many years. There are several reasons for this. Whilst it’s not as overtly ‘magical’ as The Tempest (which Shakespeare wrote at roughly the same time) it has its own very special brand of magic in it, especially the final scene, in which like Mozart’s inspirational opera Don Giovanni, a statue apparently comes to life, transforming all who witness the miracle.Continue reading → on Howard Goodall on composing A Winter's Tale
I am sure I am not the only person to have seen Australian digital artist Matayo Moshi’s strangely compelling physical map of the post-Brexit United Kingdom, with areas that voted Remain in the 2016 Referendum represented as islands in a vastly-expanded North Sea, and thought that it reminded me of something else. WhatContinue reading → on We have been here before...
‘Simply Perfect‘, ‘…some of the best musical theatre that Great Britain has to offer.’ Reviews have been coming in for Daniel Buckroyd’s revival of The Hired Man at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.Continue reading → on Mercury Theatre - The Hired Man
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Reviews for both the TV Series, radio programmes and the accompanying book have been coming in thick and fast for Howard Goodall’s Story of Music.Continue reading → on Reviews for The Story of Music
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A limited run of the first professional performances of A Winter’s Tale are currently taking place at The Landor Theatre in London. The reviews are now in:Continue reading → on Reviews for A Winter's Tale at The Landor
There is nothing wrong in wanting to improve standards in schools, especially of ‘core’ skills such as reading, writing, basic arithmetic, and so on. It is the prerogative of any Secretary of State to do what he or she can to better equip young people for the highly competitive global market in which they are hoping to make their livings, and through them, UK PLC. If the Ebacc is a solution, and it works, then we should all applaud it. However, it may also spell the beginning of the end of music as an academic subject in all but a tiny handful of schools, intentionally or not.Continue reading → on The end of music in schools as we know it?