Notes from my Apprenticeship

Notes from my Apprenticeship

A personal appreciation of Alexander Goehr on his 90th birthday by Jack Van Zandt The greatest teachers are the rare ones who profoundly change you as a human being and whose lessons affect you throughout a lifetime. For me, Alexander “Sandy” Goehr has been that...
Reflections on David Lloyd-Jones

Reflections on David Lloyd-Jones

Readers will by now be aware that conductor David Lloyd-Jones died on 8 June. Other obituaries have already provided a detailed account of David’s professional career, most adding ‘after a short illness’, but David had been in declining health since before the start...
Music and Migration in Georgian Edinburgh

Music and Migration in Georgian Edinburgh

An exhibition at the Georgian House in Edinburgh opened in June telling the remarkable story of Felix Yaniewicz (1762-1848), a celebrated Polish- Lithuanian violinist and composer, who settled in Scotland and co-founded the first Edinburgh music festival in 1815....
Concert review: Britten Sinfonia

Concert review: Britten Sinfonia

4 May 2022, Barbican Centre, London This was brilliant programming by the Britten Sinfonia, and although the concert going public did not turn out in force (the Barbican barely a quarter full), it was good to know at least some British Music Society members were in...
Another blue plaque

Another blue plaque

Sir Julius Benedict (1804-1885) 2 Manchester Square, London Crossing London’s majestic Manchester Square enroute to the Wallace Collection I spotted a blue plaque on No. 2 – a rather fine late 18th century house in the south east corner where lived a composer...
An appreciation: Sir Harrison Birtwistle

An appreciation: Sir Harrison Birtwistle

15 July 1934 – 16 April 2022 Following his death earlier this month, much has been written about the musical achievement of Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Unpalatable to some, indispensable to others, his music has dominated the new music landscape for well over fifty...