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The park across the street from me is a remarkably little known wonder of London. It was a glorious day today so, after a haircut at my old Parsons Green unisex "barber shop", and completion of some paperwork relating to... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Brian Dickie
As August comes to an end the blog should be back to its regular more or less daily pattern next week. The new season begins and the September operatic prospects are good. There will be a new production of Otello... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
Yesterday brought me some welcome moments off from the horrors of moving from small to smaller.......I think that I really am getting there!! (I hope.....) Anyway I took an hour off to walk in Battersea Park up to the river,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Brian Dickie
All Saints, Farnborough, Berkshire 3:55 pm August 20 2014 Yesterday I drove to Farnborough in Berkshire, on the border with Oxfordshire, to meet up with friends from Trinity College, Dublin where I had the excessive pleasure of spending time after... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Lines for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Prom August 19 2014 The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra made their Proms debut this evening as part of a whirlwind European tour including Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. And if this evening's concert is a guide... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have been buried under boxes for 10 days now but the worst is over though there is a way to go........but I think that I am at last getting my life back! The great treat of today was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Nicholas Cleobury is quietly transforming Mid Wales Opera into a force to be reckoned with. First and foremost he has the experience and knowledge to introduce exceptional standards; the company is recruiting some of the most gifted young singers in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Brian Dickie
So after four days of chaos I am beginning to see the light. And I have a full day of work today - with Mid Wales Opera. This will be a splendid relief from boxes....... I will be spending the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Sorry folks -I have been focussed on pretty well one thing only this last week and more. Moving house is just part of it, the lateness of the building works was the real nightmare! But I am moving anyway tomorrow,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Brian Dickie
What a mess there seems to be at the Met! My old friend and colleague Robert Rattray is about to take up a position there in succession to beloved Sarah Billinghurst. So it will be interesting to see how he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I had a terrific couple of hours yesterday evening at Tete à Tête's Opera Festival at King's Cross. This weekend the activities are all at Central St Martins in their fabulous newish facilities anchoring the King's Cross development. Katie Grossett... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The excellent Pizza Express organisation is rightly proud of its Pizzas (Pizze?) It is far and a way the best of the "chain" restaurants with consistent quality wherever you happen to land. And they have had the civilised vision of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Brian Dickie
We always used to regard this July - August period as down time, the "silly season", when nothing much happened and we could all relax and play. Then I went to work at Glyndebourne for 27 years and everything changed.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I am neglecting my business after my short break in Northumberland. I feel particularly bad about not geting to Tête à Tête's terrific enterprise up in Kings Cross. I hope to get there more than once before they finish on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Brian Dickie
There was a short break from hot sun yesterday - so expeditions to "sights" or "sites" - I never know which - was the order of the day. And Bamburgh Castle was the morning project. Although still in private ownership... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Bamburgh Beach 11 am July 22 2014 It was a perfect day yesterday - more fun in the sea for the children and NO people to watch for the rest of us! This is the far northeast coast of England... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The only two people visible here are my eldest son Patrick and his youngest son Joe. And they are just specks on the horizon! This is Holy Island at 6:30 yesterday evening in this glorious part of England. The tide... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I will be in Northumberland for the next four days with family - it is one of the most beautiful parts of this country, so watch for news and pictures in due course. Meanwhile I will be on a train... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Brian Dickie
A visit to Lord's for the third day of the test against India was a real treat. And rather intriguing as once again the England bowlers were the ones that scored the runs. The regular batsmen were failing. My American... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I was at Gyndebourne yesterday evening on a perfect day - Glyndebourne at its very best, and one of the joys of a good English summer. I saw the sixth performance of La finta giardiniera, a highly polished performance that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Brian Dickie
We tend to describe July and August as the "Silly Season". In spite of my having worked for decades at Glyndebourne during the summer months, the impression remains that this is the time for leisure and pleasure, so getting hold... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Glyndebourne dress rehearsals are always fun occasions. They are a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues spanning the generations, a time for memories - and there are so many. And yesterday was a perfect Glyndebourne evening, with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Lorin Maazel with his beloved Castleton Festival Orchestra July 24 2013 It is immensely sad to have lost one of the most extraordinary musicians of the last 75 years. Much will be written and said about his remarkable career over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I have had a busy 36 hours – beginning with Friday. My old friend and colleague Marc Scorca (incidentally many moons ago in his youth General Director of Chicago Opera Theater) has been in town, and we went for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I am sorry - since returning from Castleton I have been completely absorbed in family events, my apartment renovation, and other unbloggable activities. But I return to the opera scene on Saturday with my final visit to Garsington for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Brian Dickie