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Blogs Friday, 19 September 2008

Editor's blog: Joshua Bell's looking at me!

The new Joshua Bell Vivaldi Four Seasons recording has just come into the office and of course it sounds fantastic – full of the requisite energy and poetry. But with the CD comes a fold-out calendar...

Blogs Thursday, 18 September 2008

Editor's blog: moonlit nights with makers at Dartington Hall

I’m just back from a weekend at Dartington Hall in Devon, where the sun was shining and the makers of the BVMA were out in force for their annual conference. The weekend is always a good chance...

Blogs Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Editor's blog: getting carried away at last night's Prom

It always happens. In June, I mark the many BBC Proms concerts I want to go to, and then before I know it, it’s September. Summer is over, there are only two weeks left of the season and I&rsquo...

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...

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