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Resonance

Sometimes wind players are under the impression that the sound they make is purely due to their instrument. They create  oscillations in air flow by blowing across a reed, or …

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One-hit Wonders

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting the Beethoven scholar, Jonathan del Mar. I was just about to give a performance of Vittorio Monti’s Czardas, so we fell to …

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Why Vienna?

Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, Bruckner, Schoenberg – it reads like a roll call of the great and good in classical music – but the amazing thing …

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Running Commentary

Running commentary (A few light-hearted lessons learned training for a half marathon) When you tell people you’re going to train for a half marathon they divide into two groups: the …

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Comedy Classical

A look at the funnier moments in music….   SOMM Recordings have just issued a CD taken from a live performance by my instrumental group at the Turner Sims Concert …

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Gorman’s Iconic Slide

The clarinet player who could arguably be said to have had the most influence on the history of twentieth century classical music is not a household name, nor even remotely …

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