In the Arena: Prom 16 with the BBC SSO

Wednesday 26th July, Royal Albert Hall

Prom 16 saw the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Ilan Volkov, exploring human drama across four programmatic pieces. Liszt was compared and contrasted to Mussorgkyand a new piano concerto by Julian Anderson was premiered. With melodramatic highs, melancholic woes, and thrills in between, this was a night for awe and wonder. Continue reading “In the Arena: Prom 16 with the BBC SSO”

Nikki Lane – Live at Bush Hall

Tuesday 6th June, Shepherd’s Bush

Nikki Lane is the self-proclaimed Queen of Outlaw Country. At least from this side of the pond, it seems a deserved title. Apt too, if you’re a fan of her retro, swaggering sound. Lane’s current tour follows the release of her slickest album yet, Highway Queen. Continue reading “Nikki Lane – Live at Bush Hall”

Albion Quartet at Conway Hall

Sunday February 26th, Holborn

Conway Hall, home to an ethical society of the same name, hosts a venerable tradition of Sunday chamber music concerts. From their website: “Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe.” This week’s programme, An Equal Music: Voices in Dialogue, was an exploration of counterpoint. Continue reading “Albion Quartet at Conway Hall”

Molotov Jukebox at Oslo Hackney

Friday 2nd December, Hackney

Molotov Jukebox, according to Wikipedia, is only an addendum in Natalia Tena’s career. Below acting roles in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, the band gets only a paragraph. Although they are fairly new (and Tena’s screen appearances always enjoyable), I expect that will change soon enough. Continue reading “Molotov Jukebox at Oslo Hackney”

Lake Street Dive – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Thursday 10th November, Shepherd’s Bush

Lake Street Dive is an American four-piece band who create genre-defying, label-eluding music, self-described as ‘if the Beatles and Motown had a party together’; throw in the Beach Boys ca. Pet Sounds, and all the best bits of pop music up to the present day, too. Continue reading “Lake Street Dive – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire”

Charles Aznavour’s 90th Birthday at the Royal Albert Hall

I’m going to tell you the truth, dear readers. First I wrote what would have been qualified as no less than a horrid review of Mr Aznavour’s English birthday concert. I thought I would possess what it takes to publish it, yet in reality I couldn’t.
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AWOLNATION at O2 Shepherd’s Bush

AWOLNATION’s momentous debut album launched them from nowhere to international stardom. With epics like ‘Sail’ and ‘Kill Your Heroes’, the lengthy ‘Megalithic Symphony’ felt like a slightly premature magnum opus. The challenge of course for these Californians is to follow such a beast with strong new offerings.
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The Voice can also be a French, male one: Benjamin Bocconi Live at the Coronet Cinema

To those living out there, cut from the continent and more or less impervious to happenings of below the English Channel, I’ll start out by a few hints at who’s been able to rock a good couple hundreds of lads & gents on April 9th.
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The victorious return of a cellist: Corinne Morris’ tribute to Paul Tortelier

Little time after waving good-bye to long-term convalescence after severe arm and shoulder injury, it’s been an absolute delight to meet with Corrine Morris a small bunch of months ago. I have learnt about the difficulty of getting slowed down mid-way through a career, confronting uncertainties of the future with hopes for a redemption.
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