Philip Clark happens upon a forgotten street in the heart of London and finds the root of inspiration within the music of the city
This year the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments will commemorate a memorable publicity stunt that took place in 1600 when a former member of Shakespeare's theatrical troop, William Kempe, took nine days to morris dance from London to Norwich (a distance of more than 100 miles). Their concert programme, 'Nine Daies Wonder', will feature raucous dance music from Shakespeare's time. The tour – although they won't be morris dancing from venue to venue!
In the midst of all the hopelessness that beset Rued Langgaard’s life – the suffocating isolation of his childhood, the lunging frustrations of his adulthood, and all the manifold musical treasures which those experiences engendered – one episode stands apart. In the summer of 1913, the 20-year-old Langgaard travelled with his parents from Copenhagen to the spa town of Kyrkhult in southern Sweden.
Once seen, Nikolaj Lund's portraits of classical musicians are hard to forget. How many other photographers would ask flautist Karolina Leedo to look straight down the camera lens while a bucket of water is thrown at her? The results are always eye-catching, and frequently astonishing. Lund will be producing a book of his photographs later this year, visit his website for the latest information: nikolajlund.com . All photographs are copyright of Nikolaj Lund.
For that passionate Schubertian Benjamin Britten the period of 13 months between the completion of Winterreise in (probably) late October 1827 and the composer’s death in November 1828 was the most miraculous ‘year’ in the history of music. There is competition, of course.
Few operas make such refined demands as Der Rosenkavalier – and reward them so richly. In contrast to Fidelio , which can defeat the most valiant performers, the Richard Strauss/Hugo von Hofmannsthal comedy is such a great showcase for voice, orchestra and stagecraft that its body of recordings is a succession of riches unlike any other, partly because it’s a piece that performers can live with.
To found a new orchestra in the UK in the dark winter of 2010 was certainly an ambitious goal. Together with our chief executive Crispin Woodhead, a very talented and entrepreneurial manager whom I was fortunate to meet, we had a strong vision of an ensemble committed to chamber music values in the Baroque and Classical repertoire.
The Horniman Museum's fascinating new exhibit – 'At Home with Music' – opens on January 30 and focuses on keyboards from the past five centuries that were brought into homes, combining highlights of the keyboard instrument collections from the Horniman and the Victoria and Albert Museum. For further information, visit the Horniman Museum's website . Click on an image below to open the gallery