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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 inhabit, to swallow me up.  Nowadays I’d probably be …

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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.  The penguins haven’t yet discovered four-part harmony.  That I know of…).  …

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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 own Bard remarked on the trials of this month:  ‘That you have such a February face, so full …

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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.  If I’m truly honest, classical music is ‘sloightly on th’ huh’ …

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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 self-effacing you’d sit there in bewildered awe.  …

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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 barefoot. He has even been known to …

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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 on the year …

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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 a choirboy. With almost …

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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 the guitar. It’s been around for several millennia in …

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