"Going Global", January 2013
"Today’s musicians, from classical to pop, are being inspired and influenced by musical idioms from the other side of the world. At the same time, western classical music has found keen new audiences, particularly in India and the Far East. Traditionally, student orchestras and choirs in the UK have opted for tours to European destinations, safe in the knowledge that the culture will be fairly familiar, audiences receptive and costs relatively low. But in an age where culture is crossing all borders, should our students be doing the same?".Click here to read on.
"Safety First", December 2012
"Musical instruments are like close friends. We get to know them and feel comfortable with them, we grow familiar with their little idiosyncrasies, and we would feel quite distraught without them. But however fond we may be of our instruments, accidents do happen – and dealing with the consequences can be very stressful. The antidote to this stress should, in theory, be musical instrument insurance".Click here to read on.
Interview with Paul Sartin, November 2012
"The Kodály method uses a lot of modal musical material, and after being immersed in classical harmonies for so many years I found these sounds completely ethereal! I became hooked on Vaughan Williams, which felt to me like the height of pastoral Romanticism. Then a friend got me into Jethro Tull, which was followed by slightly lighter folk rock styles – Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. Together with one teacher and a group of school friends we formed the Purcell Folk Group".Click here to read on.
Interview with Kristjan Järvi, October 2012
"I can’t really put a finger on a specific moment or age I began to take an interest in music – it was more a process of osmosis as I absorbed and drank in all the beautiful music that was around me".Click here to read on.