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There are times when it can seem irrelevant to be writing about the pleasures of classical music, and in recent weeks it has felt just ..read more
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The tools of modern warfare mean that nowadays engagement with the enemy at close hand is rare. Of the many themes which have emerged ..read more
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If Beethoven were alive today, there has to be a decent chance – likelihood, even – that he would have been cured of the deafness which ..read more
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When was the first time you realized you liked cheese? You’ve always liked it? Spinach, then; liver; avocados; offal; brussel sprouts? ( ..read more
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Tomorrow I make my annual pilgrimage to The Royal Festival Hall for the Bach Choir’s performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. I can’ ..read more
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Why do you turn to music? Any music? What is it for? It’s one of those great unresolved questions. Trying to demystify it is in itself an ..read more
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We have a pond outside the barn we are renting, and two days ago, in blissful warmth, I witnessed a truly amusing spectacle. It involved a ..read more
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I was chatting to someone about classical music the other day who said he enjoyed having it on in the background while he was working. Hmm ..read more
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What a relief it is in these chaotic times to be able to wallow in music. ‘B*******s to Brexit’ will no doubt land up in The Oxford ..read more
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Today marks the last day of Christmas, the feast of the Epiphany. The story goes that the three wise men arrived at the stable to pay ..read more

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