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The Odd Couple

Prom 6 was definitely a concert of two halves. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sakari Oramo began with Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a jazzy, easy-listening piece which was light and enjoyable. To be honest it doesn’t make me … Continue reading

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The “Leningrad”, at last

Monday was my first Prom of the season; the queuing arrangements were the same as last year, which works for me in fitting in with work, but is not so good from the social side. Nevertheless, there was a brief … Continue reading

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Blitz Spirit

I booked tickets for Our Finest Hour at the Barbican a while ago; later it transpired that Network Rail were shutting the line between Reading and Paddington over the Bank Holiday weekend, which made it more of a slog to … Continue reading

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BBC Proms 2018

The early trailing of the season focused on anniversaries for Debussy and Parry, neither of which were of much interest to me, but in fact I have quite a long list which will need to be whittled down. Prom 4 … Continue reading

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A disappointment

Book Review: The Sultan’s Organ, by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy There’s all manner of books in the work book sale, and you never know what’s going to turn up. It’s an opportunity for making serendipitous discoveries, and I hoped this book would … Continue reading

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Best of 2017

So, farewell then, 2017. Better than 2016, but that is setting the bar a bit low. The best of the year for me: Fiction – The Art of Noise, by Julian Barnes Non-Fiction – Kind of Blue, by Ken Clarke … Continue reading

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The New Choir

It wasn’t ideal to have consecutive weekends with trips out to concerts, but that’s how it turned out. We had complimentary tickets to The New Choir‘s concert in Oxford, as R had supplied photography for the concert posters and programme. … Continue reading

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