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6:12pm Thursday 16th May 2013
4:31pm Thursday 16th May 2013
He has been credited with making folk music cool. The energetic Devon lad whose adrenaline-fuelled virtuoso guitar and fiddle-playing and captivating songs have the power to enthral audiences everywhere from his local pub to the fields of Glastonbury.
4:41pm Thursday 16th May 2013
There are probably few villages more quintessentially English than Dorchester-on-Thames with its ancient abbey and narrow, twisting main street lined with olde worlde houses and pubs. So it makes the perfect setting for the English Music Festival, established in 2006 to showcase the very best of English music, old and new. Festival founder and director Em Marshall-Luck is particularly keen to unearth long-forgotten gems and restore them to the mainstream repertoire. So it’s no surprise to find that this year’s programme includes the usual handful of world premieres, as well as many pieces that were popular in their day but have since faded into obscurity.
4:36pm Thursday 9th May 2013
4:33pm Thursday 9th May 2013
3:09pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
2:55pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
12:00am Thursday 2nd May 2013
What does opera composer Richard Wagner have in common with clarinettist Acker Bilk? The answer is that both appear in the billings for this year’s Newbury Spring Festival. So what, I ask festival director Mark Eynon, does he think Wagner would have made of Acker Bilk, and his music?
10:20am Thursday 25th April 2013
10:14am Wednesday 24th April 2013
It was a tough job but someone had to do it. When SJE Arts decided they needed a Steinway piano for their new concert venue, it involved a trip to Spain — and Sholto Kynoch who went out there to try it out.
11:50am Thursday 18th April 2013
11:04am Thursday 18th April 2013
9:47am Thursday 18th April 2013
12:00am Thursday 18th April 2013
It can’t be every day that a group of teenagers climb on to a Cowley rooftop and sing classical music. But that’s what sisters Kate, Helen, Emma, and Laura Ashby, plus their brother Nick, decided to do as youngsters.
5:49pm Thursday 11th April 2013
3:40pm Thursday 11th April 2013
12:00am Thursday 11th April 2013
St John the Evangelist, Oxford’s wonderful new concert venue, is nothing if not eclectic. Having just played host to 1970s prog rock legends Caravan, now it goes to the opposite end of the spectrum with an evening of music from 18th-century Europe, featuring works by Handel, Bach, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Marais and Rameau.
4:56pm Thursday 4th April 2013
3:23pm Thursday 4th April 2013
Tony Hicks sits in his summerhouse, surveys the scene across his immaculate garden and reflects on his role in rock ‘n’ roll history. It’s another cold spring morning but the sun is bright, and the views across the valley from Henley-on-Thames are beautiful.
12:00am Thursday 4th April 2013
City bankers scurry past, mobile phones clamped to their ears. But their free ears could catch the famous sounds of Allegri’s Miserere soaring up from beneath their well-polished shoes. For in the bright and airy basement of the Dutch Church, just behind the Bank of England, the Sixteen choir is busy rehearsing the work for their Choral Pilgrimage 2013.