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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...

Blogs Wednesday, 06 February 2008

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

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

I would hate to sound like a broken record but today has been another wonderful day. After a long, bumpy, hot and windy drive with six of us crammed into the back of a pick-up truck, we arrived at an...

Blogs Tuesday, 05 February 2008

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

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

Today has been another extraordinary and remarkable day for us. We set off this morning for the Mae La refugee camp on the border, stopping off to buy 20 industrial-sized tins of biscuits for the thousand...

Blogs Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Flamenco drove me to Dounis

In the lazed aftermath of Christmas I saw a five-day beginners’ flamenco course advertised in Time Out, and I thought it might be fun to learn something new. How wrong can a girl be? I was useless...

Blogs Monday, 04 February 2008

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

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

So here we are in Mae Sot, a town in Thailand very close to the border with Burma. We arrived yesterday after concerts, masterclasses and workshops in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia, and Bangkok, Thailand...

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