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Classicals on Cruises

Travelling and acclimatising before performing and delivering goes hand in hand with life as a musician, but we usually associate that with road, train or air travel and checking into hotels.  However, a very popular activity for chamber…

Movember and Music

Well, put it this way, if we’re going to have to put up with our husbands growing dodgy beards this Movember all in the name of laziness, sorry, charity, then we’d better put dates in the diary to get out of the house, meet up with the…

Lower Your Blood Pressure

Sober October.  31 days of no drinking coming up for all of us who want to get into the Christmas spirit with a health(ier) conscience.  No more popping to the pub after work, nipping to the supermarket for a bargain bucket vintage vino or…

Back to School: not so bad?

Thank goodness the kids are going back to school.  Not just for the peace and quiet but because of the blooming expense.  I mean, really, how on earth does a family manage to afford summer holiday entertainment?  We had my friends’ children…

Making Converts…

The queue outside the Masonic Hall on July 2nd was enormous. “What’s all that about?” asked a passerby to her husband.  “I think it’s some kind of registration for the Ipswich Music Day thing going on in Christchurch Park.”  NO!  It was the…

Classical Summer

My husband has decided to turn the shed into a pub. I’ve never seen him so happy, nor so determined to complete a project by deadline day, my birthday in mid-July. And rather than morph into the nagging newly-wed who tries to…

Letters Over Numbers

I wasn’t very good at maths at school. Really bad, in fact. Bottom group for me, but still, we had a whole load of fun in our class and there was something I did kind of grasp: algebra (I’ve always favoured letters over…

Golly…

I interviewed some members of the Suffolk Youth Orchestra last month for my Get Classical radio show – delightful, articulate, intelligent young musicians they were, with a golden glow that can never be found in a pot. Nor from merely…

Call for Classical Youth

‘Try putting that under yer chin, darlin’!’ was a phrase I would dread, clambering awkwardly onto the bus with my enormous cello towering over me, fumbling in my pocket for my 20p bus fare and wanting the shy-world, which many musicians…

Classic Inclusivity

I’ve just returned from a four-week singing tour of South America and Antarctica and was so inspired by the musical drive and passion they have over there which oozes from their very pores (I’m referring to South America obviously. …

A Wealth of Classical Culture

February. Cold, bleak and kind of nothingy unless you’re one of those types who lives for the cards, flowers, chocolates and heart-themed restaurants on please-love-me-please-please-please day: La Saint Valentin. Even our very…

Fresh Starts, Good Intentions

January.  Fresh starts, good intentions and random resolutions.  I’ve returned to Suffolk a newly married girl, beginning her life with a Captain Trumpet, a Pickle and a Hopscotch (boy, dog, boat) and am considering my goals for the year. …

Spiritually Enhancing

I went to dinner yesterday with a friend of mine.  An opera singer.  A producer.  An arranger.  A super fabulous lady with glossy hair, perfect figure and talent oozing from her pores.  The type of girl that if she weren’t so lovely and…

Richard Durrant

As this is a classical column, it’s only right that I should tell you about the visit of the UK’s only unclassical guitarist. This is the maestro of the six strings, Mr Richard Durrant, who performs his Guitar Whisperer show stand up and…

Eclectic Classical Mix

I've never been a fan of the new year celebrations - it feels a bit of an arbitrary feast to me and there's only so much Jools Hootenanny one can take (or Viennese waltzes for that matter). However, it's a good time to take stock, to focus…

Christmas Classics

Ah, Christmas... that time of year when even the crustiest of old rockers is known to seek out a carol or two to get that festive feeling. Many years ago I remember chatting Christmas to one such gent, a man who made Alice Cooper look like…

Classical Gas

Having a very wide musical taste, I sometimes muse on how poor this world would be if certain boundary defying musical instruments hadn’t been invented. Given the huge rise of popular music in the 20th century, one very obvious example is…