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Lang Lang: when a classical musician hits world celebrity status

The BBC made a documentary on the Chinese pianist Lang Lang a few months ago, and it was fascinating watching. Lang Lang has become something of a legend. He is only just 30 years old and he has fame that is reserved more for pop stars than for classical musicians. In China he is mobbed […]

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The exhileration of good chamber music

I have just come back from the most extraordinary concert and series of concerts at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Tonight was Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, Beethoven piano and violin sonata Op 10 in G major and Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht amongst others, each performance totally stunning – wonderful listening, phenomenal technical ability from all […]

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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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An Inspiring Chinese Student

For the last couple of weeks I have been giving intensive lessons to a fourteen year old Chinese girl. She and her younger brother came over to Oxford from Taiwan to take part in a language school whilst their parents had their annual holiday! And this year, the parents decided that their eldest daughter should […]

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Moving Performances

Why is it that some performances leave us cold, however immaculate, crafted and beautifully phrased they may be? And yet others can move us to the core, leaving us uplifted, inspired or tender and tearful. When we are moved, we feel connected to the music and to the performer. We also feel, in a bigger […]

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