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…

Day 5 – Saint-Saens Sonata No. 1

Oh how I long for Paris! To stroll down the Boulevard Saint-Germain, sit and dream on the steps of Sacre Couer, sip a cappucino and savour chocolat chaud at Cafe des Flores, browse the book stalls along the banks of the Seine and go for dinner at the Vagenende – a fabulous Art Nouveau restaurant…