Here we go again…!

After an 18 month hiatus it has been just thrilling to perform live concerts once again. Our first concert in September was in Boston Spa in Yorkshire, a town home to some lovely tea shops and also, incidentally, the former residence of cricketer Geoffrey Boycott. Our programme included works by De Falla, Bartok, Ibert, Vitali,…

Day 7 – Albeniz Tango

6pm, Friday evening. Hoorah! It’s the start of the half-term holiday. Hard to believe that it has been 6 weeks of term and 6 weeks of online teaching. As amazing as technology has been to allow music lessons to continue (or any lessons for that matter) I think a week’s respite from computers, Teams meetings…

Day 6 – Franck Violin Sonata

Let’s stay in Paris! One of my favourite stories about Franck’s Violin Sonata is about its very first performance in 1886. Written as a wedding present for the Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye, the first real public outing (after the premiere at the wedding reception on a borrowed violin and upright piano) was given by Ysaye…