A Marriage of Persian and European Music

Attracting huge and varied audiences, the Berliner Philharmonie is host to weekly, unticketed lunchtime concerts. Today’s performance marked the commencement of the Female Voice of Iran festival in Berlin. The three-day festival celebrates female, Middle-Eastern musicians, recognising the difficulties they have faced in a culture that, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, forbids women to sing in…

Embody the Music

Music is a powerful outlet, expressive and immersive, an emotional and passionate journey for both the performer and the listener. For many artists, they communicate personally and directly through their music, whether using organic instruments or electronic and digital handles to create the sound. In both cases, the musician uses a tool to help them create their music. But imagine the magic of…

Matthäus-Passion

With Easter fast approaching, renditions of the Passion of Christ are a regular occurrence. A couple of weeks ago I managed to see the spectacular performance of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion at the Berliner Philharmoniker with the Preussens Hofmusik Orchester, the Berlin Philharmonischer Chor and the Staats- und Domchor. Never before have I heard the whole three-hour piece…

Lunchkonzert in Berliner Philharmonie

Each week, the Berliner Philharmonie hold lunchtime concerts in the large, unusually shaped foyer that are free and open to the public. This week, audiences were enthralled by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alexander Skrjabin and Claude Debussy, performed by pianist Anna Kurasawa and violinist Helmut Mebert. It was fantastic to see how packed out the venue was,…

Soundscapes at the National Gallery

The National Gallery invites a group of composers to collaborate in creating a unique and innovative exhibition. Having chosen a painting each from the collection in the National Gallery, these composers have gone on to create six sound installations in response. At the start of the exhibition, the audience is able to watch a documentary…

BBC Proms – Late Night with Radio 1 #IbizaProm

It’s what everyone is talking about at the moment – the infamous #IbizaProm. The “ultimate rave” at the Royal Albert Hall was a bizarre but brilliant Late Night Prom with BBC Radio 1. As a huge BBC Proms fan, I have been to many of the concerts over the years, and each season a more contemporary…

Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall!

The “understated, modest little soirée”, as conductor John Rigby put it, was ever as spectacular as had been predicted. On having the most fantastic line up, the audience were entertained by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Choir and Band of the Royal Logistics Corps. Our much-loved and well-known classical pieces were presented, many of…

BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

I have been rather quiet for the last month or so, but last nights Proms concert was so uplifting that I felt the need to write a few words about it. Conducted by the multi award-winning Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performed Mozart, Ravel and two UK Premieres by Kareem Roustom and Ayal Adler,…

Momentum, in the long, dark Curve…

Ever since it was advertised, I was intrigued and wanted to visit the United Visual Artist’s  experience, Momentum, at the Barbican. I finally got a chance to go during the late night opening last week and was very glad that I did. When you enter into the Curve, you find a huge dark tunnel, with…