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
In my teens and twenties, you would know exactly where to find me every 1st January – in front of the TV watching the New Year’s concert from the Musikverein in Vienna. My family would always get together on the first day of the year (whatever our post-New-Year state) to toast the new year, have a roast dinner, and most certainly not do any laundry (I think it’s bad luck?) My grandad loved to watch the concert, and as the musical grandchild (one sister is a wordsmith, the other an artist), I was the one to sit and watch it with him. Although hours of Strauss waltzes isn’t the sort of thing I’d choose to listen to, it was nice to watch it with him and it became something of a tradition. Continue reading
At 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
Another programme note – this time for Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony. I really enjoyed researching this piece (and playing it!) and reflecting back on my trip to Russia.
I’ve started writing programme notes for the amateur orchestra I play in. They’re only going to be seen by the 50 or so people that buy the programme, so I thought I would share them here, even though they aren’t really related to music travel.
2017 is a pretty big year. Both me and Russia are marking big anniversaries. I celebrated a significant birthday, and Russia marked the centenary of the 1917 Revolution. So, you know, basically the same. I decided, ‘why not “celebrate” both’?! St Petersburg and Moscow were both places I’ve always wanted to visit, but they’re both a little more special (and distant) than a typical European city break / weekend-away, so it seemed ideal to combine the two anniversaries!
I was lucky enough to go to the press launch of the new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum today – it’s called Opera: Passion, Power and Politics and officially opens this Saturday 30th September. The way the exhibition is structured is around 7 different operas and 7 cities, and the relationship between each – so, absolutely perfect for this blog about music and travel. I don’t think I can claim this is a review but I can share some thoughts about my visit. Continue reading