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Is there a sustainable future for arts journalism?

December 30, 2013 by


As the New Year approaches, I wonder what 2014 holds for arts journalism. Which newspaper will be next to cut specialist music coverage? Which niche publications will go under? More than perhaps any other field within journalism, the arts is being attacked on all sides. While the industry continues to crave critical praise for its […]

Album Review: Fringe Magnetic – Clocca (Loop Records)

December 10, 2013 by


At first disquieting and then reassuringly warm, the opening track to Fringe Magnetic’s Clocca sets the tone for Fringe Magnetic’s third and final album. The album cover doesn’t do a bad job either, a creepy night-time scene featuring a girl in the woods with a flaming torch, like something out of one of those fairy […]

Album review: John Harle – Art Music (Sospiro Records)

October 14, 2013 by


Tweet this. To do justice to the vision for this album you really need to hear the inspiration in the composer’s own words. “Music is painting. Music and painting are both about capturing the essence of something.” British saxophonist and composer John Harle equates the emotion experienced viewing art directly with music, “The paintings that […]

Preview: Shostakovich – Orango (prologue) / Philharmonia Orchestra

May 6, 2013 by


Tweet this. By Rob Edgar “Shostakovich wrote this prologue, probably played it through but then somebody somewhere said ‘we don’t think so’, and on that it stopped,” Gerard McBurney, a leading expert on the enigmatic Soviet composer, tells me. “There’s no scholarly proof as to why this happened but my guess is that a moment […]

Inside the Guildhall School’s new Milton Court building

April 9, 2013 by

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Tweet this. On today… Silk Street, at the northern edge of the City of London, is a narrow but important thoroughfare. One side of the road leads to the entrances of the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama – one of London’s four music conservatoires – and the other looks up […]

News: AAM to headline National Gallery Vermeer show

March 28, 2013 by

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Tweet this. This on Londonist today… Live music in London’s art galleries and museums is not uncommon. The ICA hosts regular gigs and the National Portrait Gallery features live music as part of its Thursday and Friday night Late Shift series. Tate Modern has run the highest profile art-music love-in with the recent Kraftwerk gigs, […]

Preview: Pioneers Of Electronic Music Festival

February 14, 2013 by


Tweet this. This on Londonist today… Composer Gabriel Prokofiev, founder of the classical club series Nonclassical, is presenting an ambitious electronic music festival in East London in March. Running from 6 to 17 March, the event wraps together performances, film screenings, talks and workshops at venues including The Macbeth in Hoxton, the Hackney Picturehouse, Rio […]

Review: Carlos Núñez, Philip Pickett & Musicians of the Globe @ QEH

February 2, 2013 by


“Here we have two monsters,” said Carlos Núñez, introducing a pair of bagpipes (including his signature Galician gaita) towards the end of the first set with new collaborator Philip Pickett last night. But until the three rounds of encores, when proceedings erupted into foot-stamping delirium, Núñez played his monsters only briefly and at a volume […]

Review: Platform 33 first anniversary @ the Nursery

January 21, 2013 by


Platform 33 (so called because each artist gets 33 minutes to perform) is a musical and cultural movement started by Chloe Booker. The idea is to bring a wide variety of contemporary ensembles to audiences who are likely to shun the pomp and ceremony of the concert hall. Saturday saw a collaboration with like-minded collective/music […]

Preview: The Rest Is Noise Festival @ Southbank Centre

January 16, 2013 by

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One of the most ambitious ever feats of arts programming in London launches this Saturday. The Rest Is Noise festival (TRIN), inspired by New Yorker writer Alex Ross’s seminal book, will chart the music of the 20th century. Starting with Richard Strauss (the book opens with the premiere of Salome) and finishing somewhere around John […]

News: Two sparkling classical trailers for 2013

January 15, 2013 by

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Two savvy London arts organisations, the Royal Opera House and Aurora Orchestra, have trailers out promoting their wares in 2013.  Both will have taken chunks out their marketing budgets to produce this level of video content, but in a crowded market, orchestras and opera houses need to stand out from the crowd. 1. Covent Garden’s […]

Review: LSO / Gergiev @ the Barbican

December 21, 2012 by

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London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor) Szymanowski – Symphony No.4 (‘Symphonie Concertante’) & Violin Concerto No.2 Brahms – Symphony No.4 Wednesday 19th December 2012 One question everybody in London’s classical music world has been asking lately: what on earth convinced Valery Gergiev to programme Szymanowski and Brahms together? It’s a difficult question to answer. On […]

Review: Yellow Lounge at Old Vic Tunnels

December 13, 2012 by

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Monday 10 December 2012 It’s a troubling question and one that exercises the minds and the wallets of record companies: how do you sell classical music to a younger audience? Universal Records have attempted to solve the problem with a London edition of the Yellow Lounge (a popular club night in Berlin where it has been running since […]

Preview: Top London Christmas Concerts 2012

December 4, 2012 by

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This post was written for Forget the Oxford Street lights and nauseating John Lewis ad, the Christmas season really starts when churches and venues start filling up for carol concerts and Christmas gigs. Arts venues pitch in with Advent events, creating Christmas music programmes from the traditions of classical, jazz and folk music. Here are 10 […]


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