Berlioz’s ‘Le Carnaval Romain’ overture


Piazza Colonna – the setting of the ‘Carnaval’

Another programme note – this time for an entirely French programme. This one was a nice opportunity to look back at Berlioz, and most notably his unintentionally hilarious Memoirs. I wrote my undergrad dissertation about Berlioz so there was something very comforting about returning to this slightly mad composer. Continue reading


Notre Dame


Before I got to University, Notre Dame was the home of Disney’s Quasimodo. I’d never taken much interest in early music – I don’t think I even knew the concept of it. And then in my first year lectures, I started to learn about Notre Dame’s important place in musical history, and all about Leonin, Perotin, and the infamous Anonymous-IV. Continue reading

Haworth Parsonage


View of the church from the Parsonage

Usually I just stick to musical locations, but I’m going to branch out to somewhere a little more literary. (That’s not to say this isn’t in some ways a musical place, but that’s not what it’s known for). The Haworth Parsonage was the home of the Brontë family, and I’ve been a Brontë-mega-fan for as long as I can remember. One of my closest friends lives in Yorkshire and I’d been badgering her for a long time about going. So we made our way over the moors for a visit. Continue reading

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Symphony-Hall-credit-Craig-Holmes-med-res-23ch1111-216.jpgAt the end of my first year exams at uni I treated myself to a ticket to see Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto at Birmingham Symphony Hall (the treat was the time, not the money. It wasn’t very expensive at all – £4). And I completely fell in love with the place. I went straight to the info desk and asked how I could get a job there.  Continue reading