The night Eurovision came to Umag

The night Eurovision came to Umag

It’s coming home! Or is it? An expectant crowd watches the show in Croatia… It was the second Saturday in May. At 8pm, as rosy dusk fell on the Croatian coastal resort of Umag, a lone herring-gull flew over the concrete hulk of the town’s scruffy...
My Song in October

My Song in October

Seabourne Steps, Volume 8: “My Song in October”.  September, Just Septembers* Michael Bell (piano). *Karen Radcliffe (soprano). Sheva Contemporary  SH326 (75 minutes) Guy Rickards reviews the latest release of music by a composer who constantly flies under the radar....
Turangalîla-Symphonie

Turangalîla-Symphonie

Terrific performance of Messiaen’s paean to love, joy and the flow of time, featuring a former CC Music Section laureate Thomas Kelly, piano, Imsu Choi, ondes martenot, Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra / Jac van Steen – Royal Festival Hall, May 1,...

Donna Lennard, Kensington SO / Russell Keable

Sensational revival of McCabe’s Notturni ed Alba; UK premiere of Kats-Chernin’s Big Rhap; VW London St John’s Smith Square, London, October 16th, 2023 It has become something of a commonplace to regard the Kensington Symphony Orchestra as the finest...
The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

Jonathan Eyers as Figaro and Joseph Doody as The Count. Photo by Bill Knight. Wilton’s Music Hall, Whitechapel, London  Charles Court Opera’s production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville is a hilarious delight from beginning to end. The venue is the utterly charming...