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    1. November 28, 2014

      Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony – review

      Vaughan Williams Pastoral Symphony Mark Elder (Hallé) A lone trumpet call over a barren orchestral landscape conjures the...

    2. November 7, 2014

      Vaughan Williams: Flowers of the Field – review

      Vaughan Williams Flowers of the Field London Mozart Players (Naxos) To mark Remembrance Day this disc collects works by...

    1. July 27, 2014

      Light falls on first world war as living memory fades

      When an oil lamp is extinguished at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at 11pm on August 4, the occasion will be conducted...

    2. May 30, 2014

      British composers and the English landscape

      The composer Richard Skelton walks to work. Every day he leaves his cottage, located deep within the fell lands of Cumbria...

    3. July 22, 2013

      Lau, Larmer Tree Festival, UK – review

      It is a mark of the ecology of British summer festivals – or perhaps just a mark of the peculiarity of this British summer –...

    4. July 14, 2013

      First Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      They’re off! If a BBC Proms season of 58 consecutive nights sounds like a marathon, Friday’s opening concert was the...

    5. June 24, 2013

      Lost voices of British music

      Next year will see the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. Preparations for commemorating it are well under...

    6. April 12, 2013

      Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 5 and 8

      Neglected in London, the Vaughan Williams symphonies still have champions elsewhere in the UK – no more so than Manchester,...

    7. August 12, 2012

      Glass’s 10th Symphony, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence

      Enough composers – Beethoven, Mahler and, if you ignore the small print, Dvorak, Schubert, Bruckner and Vaughan Williams –...

    8. August 3, 2012

      Jonathan Dove: There Was a Child

      Commissioned to write a piece of music in memory of a teenager who drowned while snorkelling in Thailand, Jonathan Dove has...

    9. March 16, 2012

      Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Serenade to Music

      This is a wonderfully atmospheric account of VW’s London portrait, played by the Rochester Philharmonic and conducted by a...

    10. December 13, 2011

      Steeleye Span, Salisbury City Hall

      Salisbury is only a few miles from the tiny Wiltshire village where Steeleye Span came together in the winter of 1969. Only...

    11. October 22, 2011

      Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto

      Since the death of Richard Hickox two years ago, Vaughan Williams has lacked an effective champion. On the basis of this...

    12. October 15, 2011

      Tenebrae, Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

      Parry’s six unaccompanied motets are luminous settings of texts by mainly 17th century poets, reflecting his love of English...

    13. September 22, 2011

      Weather strikes a chord with composers

      Britain’s rotten weather has been blamed for everything from sudden plunges in high street sales to a national predilection...

    14. September 13, 2011

      Berlin Philharmonic/ Nelsons, Berliner Philharmonie

      The stakes in the music world are not as high as they used to be. Marsyas was skinned alive for losing his musical battle...

    15. July 5, 2011

      Nash Ensemble, Drapers’ Hall, London

      The walls of the imposing Drapers’ Hall are hung with full-length portraits of British kings and queens. At the head of...

    16. May 9, 2011

      Clemency, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

      Grant Doyle as Abraham James MacMillan completed his new chamber opera long before the US sent a group of commandos to...

    17. April 28, 2011

      Mark Padmore and Friends, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

      Here was an inspired piece of programming: a chamber and song recital spanning the careers of Vaughan Williams and his...

    18. January 29, 2011

      Rubbra: String Quartets 1, 3 and 4

      Edmund Rubbra String Quartets 1, 3 and 4 Maggini Quartet (Naxos) Naxos’ English music series is turning into one of the gems...

    19. January 23, 2011

      Skills reforms hark back to guild system

      Proposed reforms to the English apprenticeship system have been inspired by “a mix of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with...

    20. December 10, 2010

      Berkeley, Britten, Quilter, Swayne and Vaughan Williams: Departures; Bowles, Barber, Glick and Vaughan Williams: Let Beauty Awake

      Berkeley, Britten, Quilter, Swayne and Vaughan Williams Departures Benjamin Hulett (Saphrane) Bowles, Barber, Glick and...

    21. December 4, 2010

      Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and Bach: The First Nowell

      Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and Bach The First Nowell Vladimir Jurowski London Philharmonic Orchestra The Christmas...

    22. November 26, 2010

      Hugh the Drover, Cadogan Hall, London

      When Ralph Vaughan Williams set out, early in his career, to turn a boxing match into opera, he could hardly have chosen a...

    23. October 22, 2010

      The ‘dream world’ of Steven Isserlis

      Steven Isserlis at home in London playing what he calls ‘everyone’s favourite instrument’ Don’t ever tell Steven Isserlis,...

    24. October 4, 2010

      Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, Cambridge

      The cold wind from Scandinavia that was chilling Cambridge had also blown in the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek....

    25. September 13, 2010

      Last Night of the 1910 Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      Here’s a first: a Last Night that did not raise the roof. This was not the 2010 Last Night, which comes on Saturday, but a...

    26. August 6, 2010

      BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      Contrary to popular belief, flags are not waved every night through the BBC Proms season. It took one patriotic soul to go...

    27. June 14, 2010

      Folk's first families, fragile and emotional

      The curator of this year's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank is Richard Thompson. Ever since he took an electric...

    28. June 13, 2010

      Meltdown, Southbank Centre, London

      Singing of sin: Richard Thompson on Friday The curator of this year’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank is Richard...

    29. May 9, 2010

      Bookmakers win over opinion polls

      The general election has thrown up many interesting issues for investors, but none was so marked as the continuous...

    30. May 8, 2010

      Aronowitz Ensemble: Climbing the Skies

      Aronowitz Ensemble Climbing the Skies Chamber music by Elgar, Huw Watkins and Vaughan Williams(Sonimage) The Aronowitz...

    31. April 3, 2010

      Vaughan Williams: Sancta Civitas

      Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas Bach Choir/David HillNaxos Most of VW’s choral output seems trapped between Elgar and the...

    32. February 24, 2010

      Spiro

      At first breath, Spiro sound like a folk band. But their relationship to traditional music is oblique. Vaughan Williams took...

    33. February 23, 2010

      Spiro, The Forge, Basingstoke

      At first breath, Spiro sound like a folk band. But their relationship to traditional music is oblique. Vaughan Williams took...

    34. December 5, 2009

      In terra pax: City of London Choir/Hilary Davan Whetton

      In terra pax: A Christmas Anthology City of London Choir/Hilary Davan Whetton Naxos Christmas anthologies usually have me...

    35. July 11, 2009

      Defining moment: An American psychologist finds a betting system that works, April 1949

      When the second world war ended, US army psychologist Richard M. Griffith found himself stationed at the Veterans...

    36. June 13, 2009

      An antidote to fear and fury

      The outstanding recent production of Peter Grimes at the London Coliseum, I was thinking, might have sounded like a...

    37. January 8, 2009

      Mark Padmore, Julius Drake and friends

      The Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn anniversaries are upon us, but the echo of the Vaughan Williams year - 2008 marked the...

    38. January 7, 2009

      Mark Padmore, Julius Drake and friends, Wigmore Hall, London

      The Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn anniversaries are upon us, but the echo of the Vaughan Williams year – 2008 marked the...

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