Ensemble Marsyas, Wigmore Hall

Ensemble Marsyas, Wigmore Hall

By Fiona Hook After a year without live music, the listener heads to the Wigmore Hall as the desert traveller to the oasis, and the Edinburgh-based Ensemble Marsyas’s evening of sparkling music from Handel’s Roman period did not disappoint. There was so much to enjoy...
Award for Young Talent (Voice) to Louise Alder

Award for Young Talent (Voice) to Louise Alder

The Critics’ Circle have issued awards annually for many years now, whether as a whole – with the Rosebowl for Services to the Arts – or from the individual sections, such as Film, Theatre and Dance. The Music Section have focused specifically in their awards on young...
Robert Layton

Robert Layton

Robert — ‘Bob’ — Layton, the celebrated musicologist, author and, for 31 years, a BBC Radio Producer, died on 9th November at the age of 90.  He was a member of the Critics’ Circle from 1966. He contributed regularly to a wide variety of publications but as a critic...
Battle of Hastings

Battle of Hastings

For more than a hundred years, pianists have been doing battle in the seaside town of Hastings on the south coast of England. Originally, the competition featured local players in the context of a general music festival but eventually the keyboard section became...