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Brighton Pavilion 12.45 pm April 14 2014 I made a short trip to Brighton yesterday - and had lunch with friends in English's where I do not think I have been since the 1960s. This seafood restaurant beside the seaside... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Dickie
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The village of Ditcheat, Somerset England was at its best yesterday, a warm spring day a reminder of the summers of childhood. They don't make 'em like that anymore! But it was probably just the escape to the countryside, to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Dickie
It has been a pleasure of the past week to have been at Elgar's Gerontius (last Sunday) and The Apostles (last night). All we now need to wait for is The Kingdom - and not for too long I hope.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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Whole Foods was our supermarket of choice in Chicago - so it felt rather weird going into the new Whole Foods which opened on Wednesday up the road at Fulham Broadway. The Whole Foods style is completedly different from that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I went back to the IAMA conference yesterday morning - just for hour and a bit long IMZ session with Hazel Wright, a respected producer previously with the BBC, Bernhard Fleischer and Franz Patay. Curiously there was a rather poor... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Dickie
I am not a great fan of these conferences in anticipation - but once I get there it can be fun if you are a social animal. And I guess I am. So I had the pleasure of some really... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I made my way to the Globe yesterday evening, crossing the Thames on the Millennium Bridge from where there is a fine view down river towards Tower Bridge. The Globe is on the right of this picture, looking good at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Dickie
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I will be at the ROH/Globe production of Cavalli's L'Ormindo this evening. This opera is of some significance to me. Let me explain. Around 50 years ago Raymond Leppard acquired the manuscript of this opera. I guess he found it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I rarely write about politics here - but this is not entirely "off-topic" given that the subject (or target) is the minister responsible for the arts.... So here goes - not written by me - from the excellent Benedict Brogan's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The eternally youthful Andrew Davis is having his 70th birthday celebrated by his friends at the BBC of whose Symphony Orchestra he was Music Director, and of which he is now Conductor Laureate. And they are doing it in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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It was a lovely show at the Royal Academy. But today is closing day.....I am happy I did not miss it! I am off to Sussex this morning - have to leave in 45 minutes..... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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British Museum 11:30 am Friday April 4 2014 Yesterday morning we at last got to the Vikings at the British Museum - after a second attempt on Thursday frustrated by a breakdown on the Piccadilly line. But it was a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Brian Dickie
It is time for the Easter holidays so family comes first for a bit! And I will be at the Barbican tomorrow for Master Class by the principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra which is in residence this week with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Brian Dickie
The crowd at Prince Igor yesterday evening was quite unlike the "normal" ENO audience, whatever that is! There were many distinguished people there that one regularly encounters in other places. And it was good to see them in a pretty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I will be at the Coliseum this evening for the opening performance of Moscow's Novaya Opera's production of Borodin's Prince Igor, well known now to New York audiences, but not seen in London for a generation. There will be a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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My regular visits to the Garrick Club (of which I have been a member for 37 years - more than half my life!) are some of my great pleasures of returning to live in London. There is always the possibility... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Brian Dickie
So the five winners of the Met finals yesterday were sopranos Julie Adams and Amanda Woodbury, Tenor Yi Li, Bass Baritone Ao Li, and bass Patrick Guetti. Tony Tommasini's report in the NY Times does not comment on the individual's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Gerry was in the Glyndebourne chorus back in the day - a litle time ago now. He was yet another example of the remarkable group of amazing artists who over the years began their careers there - Peter Pears, Janet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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© bmd 2014 Russell Square 12:00 noon Saturday March 29 2014 This is London at its Spring best. And we appropriately enough switch to Summer time tomorrow. There are a lot of people out there - and the real problem... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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Time is running out to apply for the Elizabeth Connell Prize auditions. There will be a huge amount of attention paid to the first winner of what is bound to become an important prize, and ensure the permanent memory of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Brian Dickie
Well not that ancient - but Bach. And not JS or even the tercetenarian CPE. No - WFE and JCF. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach was JSB's ninth (!) son, and his second surviving by Anna Magdelena. Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Brian Dickie
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© John Reading Tereza Gevorgyan and Nicholas Scott in Royal Academy of Music Ariodante I returned to the Royal Academy of music for a second look and listen with the other cast last night. It is remarkable that the RAM... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I am back in London and find that my blog has gone crazy - SO many people looking at it. What did I do? Well what I did do was to have a senior moment - writing on Saturday that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Brian Dickie
It was a long day with twenty candidates. And I left as soon as it was over to get to Kennedy Airport for my flight back to London. However the results are in and here they are - the nine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Brian Dickie
I had a long afternoon yesterday at Curtis. There was a list of seventeen and every one of them showed up. So this was a full three hours. Over the years there has been a consistently high standard at Curtis.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Brian Dickie