Saint-Saens’s Organ Symphony

Babe-The-Sheep-Pig-Landscape-image.jpgAnother programme note – I just played this piece with an amateur orchestra and, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it. But by the time it came to concert day it was a really exhilarating piece to play and I really enjoyed putting together the programme note for this one (and reliving some childhood memories!) Continue reading

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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

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