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Hired Man March 2013

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Mercury Theatre - The Hired Man

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.

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Reviews for The Story of Music

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.

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Reviews for A Winter's Tale at The Landor

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:

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The end of music in schools as we know it?

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 E-Bac 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.

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Links to Press reviews of Love Story in Chichester

Below is a list of the press reviews for Love Story in Chichester 2010.  Click to open each review in a new tab: Sunday Express London Evening Standard The Stage Daily Mail What’s on Stage The Public British Theatre Guide The Latest The Observer Daily Telegraph The Independent The Argus  

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20th Century Modernism: Some 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,

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Inspired Press Reviews

Howard’s new CD Inspired, which features familiar works and the world première of both Shackleton’s Cross and Every Purpose Under Heaven has been released.   Here are some of the reviews:

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Howard Goodall on composing A Winter's Tale

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.

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Edward Seckerson Review of the London production of Love Story

Where do I begin? It’s an in-joke that composer Howard Goodall could hardly pass by – quoting that song in his and Stephen Clark’s musical adaptation of the much-loved novel and film LOVE STORY. But it’s the moment he chooses that raises wry smiles from us all. It’s Jenny Cavilleri’s much-anticipated Bach recital and there

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THE BEATITUDES

[An article by Howard about writing the music for the first Enchanted Voices CD] There are eight so-called ‘Beatitudes’ in St Matthew’s telling of Jesus of Nazareth’s sermon on the mount, the English word ‘beatitude’ coming from the Latin word ‘beati’ meaning blessed, as it appeared in the medieval Bible. As told by Matthew, they

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