Doo-Dah, Doo-Dah

When asked to name my favourite pianists, one that I always mention is Earl Wild: he possessed a classy turn of musical phrase and a twinkle in his eye. He was instantly recognisable, with his pearl-white hair, and I have friends that knew or met him, and they all have very funny stories about him and relate his anecdotes with … Read More

Twelve floors up with Mirga & Marzipan Maurice

There was an unexpected & collective sense of occasion about Monday’s concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg that seemed to defy normal behaviour. It was just a regular concert in a concert hall; the final concert of a relatively modest four-day German tour. It wasn’t being televised, recorded for radio, live-streamed online: it … Read More