Peace in Hiroshima

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The shrine on Miyajima / Itsukushima

I’m not sure if Hiroshima would be a tourist destination had 6th August 1945 been different. Maybe it would just be a place to stay to easily get to the sacred island of Itsukushima, and I don’t think I would’ve heard of the city. But in 2016 the city received 2 million visitors, and it was one of the ten city stops on my around-the-country tour of Japan. Continue reading

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Māori Music

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I recently came back from a once-in-a-lifetime whirlwind wonder tour of New Zealand. It wasn’t an especially musical trip – unless you count scrolling through NZ’s best RnB radio stations or listening to the Lord Of The Rings soundtracks on repeat. We spent a lot of time looking at gorgeous landscapes and stunning natural scenes, and even more time running around pretending to be Hobbits/Elves/Tolkien-creatures-of-your-choice. But in between, we did manage to squeeze in a bit of Māori culture on our tour of Middle Earth. Continue reading

Berlioz’s ‘Le Carnaval Romain’ overture

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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

Haworth Parsonage

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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