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Tripping hither, tripping thither

When I went to the bar as a very young man, it was often enough in the company of the Oxford University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. My relationship with G&S had started early, specifically the argument in Three Men in a Boat over which song Harris is trying to sing (I remain confused to this [...]


. A blind chameleon cannot change its colour. — The Nelson Evening Mail, July 17 1908 . Nobody ever thinks they’re stupid. All homes bear ethnic odours. Some bags look the same. There’s no point putting shackles on Quinton de Kock. You don’t get many Mini Eggs for a pound no more. The UK is [...]

Florence + the Machine

at Alexandra Palace, reviewed. – For theartsdesk

The Mike Myers of Messiahs

Gary Numan, in concert at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. – For theartsdesk

Q&A with Sir John Tomlinson – 2

Part 2 – in which we discuss beards, Hungarian, and why the English can’t sing in English. – For theartsdesk

Q&A with Sir John Tomlinson – 1

Part 1 – in which we discuss sleaze, the ecstasy of old men, and why the Ring cycle is just like real life. – For theartsdesk

Bach – plus bite

CMSC The Bach Concert 2010 When Glenn Gould said he’d take the music of Bach with him to the proverbial desert island he failed to specify which Bach. It’s fair to assume, though, he did not mean all of them. In a concert sponsored by – whom else? – the German Embassy, the Chamber Music [...]

Heil, Mary…

Review of voice-and-piano, at the Goethe-Insitut.