Monthly Archives: July 2011

New venues, new conventions

‘I’ve been writing about the arts for 35 years now, and the resolve with which resourceful young musicians are dumping the ancestral conventions of their art-form strikes me as the most exciting development in classical music for decades, if not … Continue reading

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Live Review: Yellow Lounge w/ Miloš Karadaglić & Danielle de Niese

Yellow Lounge certainly made its presence felt as it landed in London this week. The first outing over here of Berlin’s veteran classical club-night boasted performances by Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and Australian-American soprano Danielle de Niese, along with the … Continue reading

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The Rite of Spring Project/Yellow Lounge

Two pretty unmissable events coming up in London: THE RITE OF SPRING PROJECT, Frank’s Café, Peckham On SATURDAY JULY 23RD, at a totally unique multi-storey car-park roof-top bar-venue in Peckham, there’s going to be a free, full-scale performance of Stravinsky’s Rite … Continue reading

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Live Review: Muhly’s Two Boys

By proudly inhabiting a distinctly un-‘operatic’ genre – that of crime drama – Nico Muhly’s Two Boys expands the possibilities of operatic narrative, while creatively reimagining the role that music plays within the cross-disciplinary dynamic of opera. (And producing a rather … Continue reading

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Classical Music/Youth Culture: Post-Match Analysis (Conclusions)

In the last few posts, I’ve given my take on the arguments posed in the Cambridge Union debate: ‘This House believes that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth’. I’ve tried to both answer some of the issues raised by … Continue reading

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Classical Music/Youth Culture: Post-Match Analysis (Round 3)

THE BIG DOGS… ‘This House believes that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth’. The third speaker for each team must have had the biggest impact on the voting audience. Greg Sandow‘s argument was the strongest for the proposition, and … Continue reading

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Classical Music/Youth Culture: Post-Match Analysis (Round 2)

THE STORY SO FAR… A debate at the Cambridge Union is in full swing, regarding the proposal: ‘This House believes that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth.’ The next two speakers really set the tone for the rest of … Continue reading

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