Grigory Sokolov in Helsinki

Hailed as one of the best living pianists in the world, Grigory Sokolov offered a magically sublime and absorbing concert experience to the 1,700 audience in Helsinki Music Centre (Musiikkitalo) on 14 June 2018, with a programme of Haydn and [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
June 23rd, 2018
In Memoriam: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018)

Working as an artist within the Soviet political and cultural system was always a tightrope act. Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018), one of the great conductors of the last half-century explains, “I lived with communism for more than 50 years, and I [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
June 20th, 2018
Should I be applauding now?

Every year, around the time of the start of the BBC Proms, that wonderful 2-month long festival of music, the thorny issue of when to applaud rears its head. In fact, the debate over the appropriateness of applause is ongoing, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 17th, 2018
‘Small is beautiful’ – Petworth Festival turns 40

This coming July sees one of the UK’s most stylish ‘small is beautiful’ annual festivals celebrating a ‘significant’ year – the 2018 Petworth Festival is the 40th such event. Founded jointly by Lord Egremont and Robert Walker, the well-known composer [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 10th, 2018
Prague Summer Nights and Me

In the summer of 2017, I had the uniquely rewarding experience of attending the Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival (PSN). Produced by Classical Movements—the premier concert tour company for the world’s great orchestras and choirs—Prague Summer Nights is [...] more >>

by Serenade
June 6th, 2018
The memory game

It’s one of the great romantic images, isn’t it? The solo performer, alone on an empty stage, faced with that huge black beast of a full-size concert grand piano, armed with nothing but his or her memory and willing, well-trained [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
June 3rd, 2018
Variations on a Theme

Think of a series of riffs on an idea, in a variety of styles, moods, rhythm and tempi, and you have the basic framework for a Theme and Variations. As the initial theme is presented in a different way, so [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 31st, 2018
Stimulating the Imagination

As musicians we can and should call upon our imaginations to enable us to create the myriad sounds we desire from our instrument, and to communicate the story or image of the music to the audience. The first teacher I [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 27th, 2018