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Reality talent shows: does the culture of instant fame threaten the performing arts?

I was fascinated to hear the choreographer of decades of best selling West End shows, and former classical ballerina, Gillian Lynne say on Front Row, BBC Radio 4, 25/3/13, that she felt that the reality talent shows were bad for music theatre. Her point was that if someone rises rapidly to the top in a […]

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Hearing the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam

It’s always refreshing to go to hear another country’s resident orchestra on home ground, and hearing the Concertgebouw orchestra in Amsterdam was no exception. It was a full length Sunday afternoon concert of Kodaly, Dvorak and Brahms stunningly played by an orchestra full of top quality players from the Netherlands, Europe and further afield. Their […]

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The West-Eastern divan orchestra and Beethoven’s Pastoral

Last night, I found myself gripped by a really vibrant, moving performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony at the BBC Proms. It was on the television (sadly I couldn’t go in person) and I was captivated. It continues to move me however many times I have heard it and however familiar it is – Beethoven deserves […]

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