No Composer is an Island

No Composer is an Island

Reflections on the approach of Elgar's birthday (2 June 1857).

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Handel: Let their celestial concerts all unite

Handel: Let their celestial concerts all unite

As a Londoner born and bred, I always feel a particular connection with Handel as I walk past his house in Brook Street.

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Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu

Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu

The haunting beauty of Lili Boulanger's last work seems to speak of another world.

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2018 Discoveries

2018 Discoveries

Here are my 10 music discoveries from the year.

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Anthologising: Sacred Choruses

Anthologising: Sacred Choruses

How my career as an anthologist began.

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Sacred Choruses

Sacred Choruses

The biggest project of my entire career is about to come to fruition.

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Weddings

Weddings

A royal wedding, and we all wish the young couple well. But here’s a confession...

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Music: Nature needs Nurture

Music: Nature needs Nurture

Music is a gift of nature, but it may well remain locked in a box until someone gives you the key to release it.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

We shouldn’t have to use the term ‘classical’ almost like an apology.

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