Tag Archives: Ryedale Festival

Hearing Beethoven

It’s that time of year again, and I’m back in the stunning surroundings of north Yorkshire for the 2016 Ryedale Festival. Better still, I’ve been working again with the wonderful Heath Quartet in four concerts, presenting the entire late Beethoven quartets in tandem with T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, read with

Talking it up

Yesterday, I had the very great pleasure of giving a lecture at the Marryat Players Chamber Festival in Wimbledon. Over the course of the weekend, professional musicians and students from the Yehudi Menuhin school are performing side by side in repertoire by Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Korngold, Enescu, Elgar, Shostakovich and

Take note

In 2004, full of trepidation that it wasn’t going to be good enough, I submitted my first paid programme note job to the staff of Lakeside Arts, Nottingham. I was a Masters student at the university there, and they needed someone to write about some of the Bartók string quartets