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It’s brass time of the year again

It were that time of the year again. Hey up! The brass band playing hordes descended upon the Royal Albert Hall from their northern and western (and, whisper…

Promenading at the Royal Albert Hall

Before this summer I had never attended a Prom concert. Which,  for a music lover who enjoys the classical variety, is a pretty poor showing. Even worse, I…

Tales from the Riverside. Green-eyed in Strand On The Green

Imagine living here on the edge of the Thames in a house that is not only beautiful but a couple of centuries old and shaped by the memory…

First day back after the holidays at the ENO

As I walked down St. Martin’s Lane the doors of the English National Opera which were ajar and the sound of singers practising their scales leaked out into…

No muck but plenty of brass: A day on the toot in London

Each autumn London welcomes the nation’s best brass bands to their annual championship at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s a splendid occasion depicted on the big screen in…

Maiden Lane

It’s not a long street; just over one hundred metres I would guess. Nor does it have an exceptional location. Part of the underbelly of Covent Garden, it…

Pop goes the Eagle

On an unusually sunny, blue-skied November Saturday afternoon, I went looking for the Eagle. Being the London nerd that I am, I was genuinely excited to be visiting…

A world of strange arrangements: ABC at The Royal Festival Hall

To the Royal Festival Hall to see pop group ABC perform The Lexicon Of Love parts 1 & 2. Anne Dudley (who arranged strings on the albums) conducted…

Clog dancing in N1

I took the Northern line up to Islington to see a couple of Northern girls sing and (occasionally) clog dance: The Unthanks. The old chapel sounded wonderful as…

Georgie Fame at Ronnie Scott’s club on a Saturday night