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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Notre Dame

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Before I got to University, Notre Dame to me 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

Hmmmpton Court

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I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to Hampton Court – my sister used to work there so we could get free entry, and it’s a good place to take visitors. It might not immediately jump out to you as a musical location (you can’t help but think first of Henry VIII and his numerous wives, then some Georgian royals, and then perhaps a documentary with Lucy Worsley), but with some basic archaeology we can follow in some musical footsteps. Continue reading