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Blogs Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Editor's blog: trying a Baroque bow and the wobble board at the ESTA conference (but not at the same time)

Last week I popped into the summer conference of the European String Teachers’ Association, at Dean Close School in Cheltenham.

It was a great chance to chat to string teachers about what...

Blogs Thursday, 14 August 2008

In her second blog entry, Clio Tilton is reminded how tiring orchestral tours are

The last two days have been busy – lots of travelling for our first two concerts. The first was in Berlin at the Konzerthaus as part of the Young Euro Classic series. There was a full house and...

Blogs Tuesday, 05 August 2008

The editor, Ariane Todes, tries to make friends with the portaloos at the Big Chill Festival, and searches in vain for the classical music

At the ripe old age of [ahem] I’ve just been to my first non-classical music festival, The Big Chill, in Eastnor, Herefordshire. I’ll spare the details of my efforts to embrace the whole...

Blogs Tuesday, 05 August 2008

In Clio Tilton's first blog from the Moritzburg Festival Academy, she and her fellow musicians decide on a common language

The Moritzburg Festival Academy kicked off with a friendly welcome from the director, cellist Jan Vogler. Crowding into the Eisenberger Hof Hotel restaurant (where we are staying), we listened, glancing...

Blogs Tuesday, 22 July 2008

A night of folk music at the Proms

Ariane Todes: The BBC Proms are well underway and on Sunday I went to my first this year, to see Bellowhead, one of my favourite bands.

I saw Bellowhead for the first time in 2006, a gig which...

Blogs Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Ariane Todes, editor of The Strad, is inspired by some nifty mandolin playing

As I’m currently trying to teach myself the mandolin I seized the opportunity last night to see Chris Thile (fastest mandolin player in the West) and his Bluegrass band, the Punch Brothers, at...

Blogs Friday, 06 June 2008

In her final blog entry, young violinist Kitty Cheung embarks on the Mahler performance under Valery Gergiev

Here came the big evening. Backstage, members of the orchestra were practising the difficult passages. It seemed everyone was a bit nervous. After all, this was a very demanding programme, and the performance...

Blogs Thursday, 05 June 2008

At her second rehearsal with the LSO, violinist Kitty Cheung is inspired by Valery Gergiev's interpretation of Mahler

We had a fantastic rehearsal at the Barbican Hall this morning. The four-hour rehearsal began at 9am and after the late finish the night before, I was glad I had had two doses of caffeine before we ...

Blogs Wednesday, 04 June 2008

In our new blog, a young violinist describes her experience of working with Valery Gergiev

Part one

What a rainy day. I almost tripped and fell on the ground on my way to the rehearsal this afternoon! Rehearsal started at 3pm, but most members arrived early to settle...

Blogs Thursday, 07 February 2008

Violinist Ruth Rogers' blog from the Thai-Burmese border - Part Four

Ruth Rogers, Victoria Sayles, Rose Redgrave and Katherine Jenkinson are playing string quartets to Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border. This is their fourth blog entry for The Strad website, written by Ruth Rogers

We are all exhausted after a busy and emotional day. This morning we played at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, a clinic and hospital that was set up nearly 20 years ago to provide medical treatment for...

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