Music

Talking dirty

1 December 2012 9:00 am

Attached to the ménage of every artistic outfit these days will be an employee who believes there is a magic…

Matchless mono

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Record companies: if you insist on sending CDs to my home address without so much as a covering note or…

Golden oldies

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Old blokes make records too; they just take their time over it. Graham Gouldman of 10cc has one out, his…

Bolivian treasure

3 November 2012 9:00 am

Every so often in my line of business one reads heartwarming stories about manuscripts from the past turning up in…

No more heroes

3 November 2012 9:00 am

The Wharf is an unpretentious venue in Tavistock which offers a menu of entertainment whose criteria are difficult to fathom…

Blind spot

27 October 2012 9:00 am

Do you have a mysterious and slightly embarrassing musical blind spot? One of mine is for Dvorák, whom I don’t…

Sweet serendipity

13 October 2012 9:00 am

‘If you liked that, why not try this?’ Such tempting words, so hard to resist. I love the idea that…

Teenage fanclub

13 October 2012 9:00 am

As I entered the O2 Academy in Oxford last Saturday, something felt strange. The air was thick, the bar was…

Night and day

6 October 2012 9:00 am

It is 0422, pitch black outside and pouring with rain. The candles are being extinguished one by one as the…

Panic attack

29 September 2012 9:00 am

If you want to make yourself unpopular with a classical musician, bring up the subject of performance anxiety. You can…

Fame game

15 September 2012 9:00 am

The summer is over, the Olympians have gone, and Lord Coe has been put back in his box for another…

New light

15 September 2012 9:00 am

The third concert I went to at Lucerne last week was under two aegises: first ‘Faith’, the theme of this…

Prom power

8 September 2012 8:00 am

As the whole world knows, London has been putting its best foot forward this summer, and has done it very…

Keeping the faith

8 September 2012 8:00 am

Faith is the theme of this year’s Summer Festival in Lucerne. Not that I would have guessed it from the…

Glorious Grieg

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Eternally fresh. That’s how Grieg’s Piano Concerto is described by programme notes, Classic FM, etc. Though, to be honest, eternally…

Band of brothers

11 August 2012 6:00 am

Do rock stars buy life insurance? If so, there must have been payouts aplenty this summer, as several more breathed…

Choral cull

4 August 2012 6:00 am

The Myerscough report about the future funding of the BBC, entitled Delivering Quality First, is another classic in the long-running…

Humorous intent

14 July 2012 6:00 am

Elderly pop tunes, as we all know, have a tendency to remind you of things you may not wish to…

Art of myth-making

7 July 2012 6:00 am

The story of Allegri’s Miserere has probably become the most engrossing myth that great art of any kind has to…

Producer power

16 June 2012 6:00 am

What does a producer do on a record? I have often wondered this, as the evidence suggests that they either…

Proms promise

2 June 2012 11:00 am

On first opening a new Proms prospectus, the enthusiastic amateur immediately looks for the things that are there, the things…

Magic of New Orleans

26 May 2012 11:00 am

More than 11 years after getting sober, memories of my more disgraceful drunken nights can still make me blush with…

Paternal pride

19 May 2012 12:00 pm

It is a glorious moment in the life of any music-loving parent when your progeny develop their own fierce musical…

Period piece

19 May 2012 11:00 am

Opera North’s latest and most ambitious outreach project is a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which will end…

Counting the cost

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

The arrival of the Proms prospectus, with its glamorous pictures of the stars of today, makes me wonder how much…