Don't knock the Proms: events such as this keep alive the idea that music is for all

Don't knock the Proms: events such as this keep alive the idea that music is for all

Last week I was lucky enough to meet Errollyn Wallen, the Belize-born composer whose BBC Proms commission, This Frame is Part of the Painting, will be premiered next month at the Royal Albert Hall. We chatted about her career and the influence of artists like Howard Hodgkin on her work, before moving on to a more general discussion on the state of classical music today…

Lessons from Rossini

Lessons from Rossini

The composer is in many ways a source of inspiration to the aspiring musician – but, 150 years after his death, what lessons can be learned from his ‘great renunciation’?

Banksy’s stunt wasn’t even original – and why we should support ads on Sydney Opera House

Banksy’s stunt wasn’t even original – and why we should support ads on Sydney Opera House

Read it on the The Spectator website here

Photo credit: Christian Mehlführer

Participation Starts with Inspiration: heritage protection must not trump disabled access

Participation Starts with Inspiration: heritage protection must not trump disabled access

Many of the UK’s churches and performance venues are poorly equipped for the disabled, often because heritage law prohibits alteration. This goes against principles of inclusion within Christianity and music-making