Seven is Heaven in Thaxted

Seven is Heaven in Thaxted

Large crowds converged through the waving cornfields of Essex on the shard-like spire of Thaxted’s mediaeval church at the weekend. Passengers on the flight path into Stansted saw the festival hubbub below: the bunting, drinks tent and homemade cake stall. Safety...
BBC Symphony Orchestra: A Sea Symphony

BBC Symphony Orchestra: A Sea Symphony

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is reasonably shipshape as we launch into the Proms Season with itself leading the fleet of BBC ensembles and other national and international ensembles. At the end of May, we cruised through a programme of British twentieth century works...
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....