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Schubert Ensemble – the end of an era

By on July 5, 2018 in Schubert Ensemble, Uncategorized

The last few weeks has been extraordinary in living alongside the Schubert Ensemble as it completed its final year. Last Saturday’s final concert at the Barn on Doug Paterson’s farm brought together many close friends as the ensemble played Louise Farrenc, Fauré, Dvorak and Judith Weir before receiving  yet another standing ovation from the assembled

Human Rights Institute at Mansfield College

By on July 4, 2018 in Mansfield College

It was a red-letter day at Mansfield College on 15 June when Helena Kennedy’s dream of an Institute for Human Rights in Oxford came to fruition with the opening of the Guy Hands building and the Bonavero Instutiute of Human Rights. Presided over by the Chancellor, Chris Patten, the building was opened by Kofi Annan

Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition

By on July 3, 2018 in TWIMC

From 2 to 6 May, I was a jury member for the Tunbridge Wells International Music Compeition held at Mayfield School as part of the Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts. With Levon Chilingirian, David Strange, Angela Malsbury, Benjamin Frith and Ian Fountain we enjoyed many excellent performances in our piano, wind and string

The Silver Swan

By on July 3, 2018 in BBC

Recorded in March and broadcast on 3 May, my contribution to BBC Radio 3′s My Life in Music was The Silver Swan. Producer Rosie Boulton approached me to write about music that had had a profound influence on me in determining my life in music. It was quite hard to pinpoint a single work or

A new Principal

By on July 2, 2018 in Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Helena Gaunt The process of appointing the new Principal for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama came to an triumphant conclusion on 9 April when the Board, chaired by John Derrick, confirmed the appointment of Professor Helena Gaunt from 1 September this year.  Helena has been Vice-Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation in

Bromsgrove International Music Competition

By on July 2, 2018 in Bromsgrove International Music Competition

As President of the Bromsgrove International Music Competition, I attended the 2018 Final on 7 April in the Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School. It was an amazing final with brilliant performances from Irena Radic (piano), Lewis Banks (saxophone), Luke Jones (piano) and Bartosz Glowacz (accordion). Adjudicators Meurig Bowen (Chair), Sarah Bruce and Roderick Williams

Sir James Caird Trust

By on July 2, 2018 in Sir James Caird Trust

This year’s auditions for the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust went off well with two good days in Glasgow on 4 and 5 April and a day at the Wigmore Hall on 6 April. It is heartening to see that the application numbers are increasing but these tend to be concentrated amongst singers and

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