beethoven

Beethoven in Westminster

Beethoven in Westminster

The 9th Symphony at Brexit’s 11th hour


Beethoven is not part of Simon Wallfisch’s typical repertoire. The revered baritone and cellist, who will be performing Schubert’s Winterreise on the 15th in Oxford, could have spent his Wednesday afternoon rehearsing, but has instead chosen to brave the ‘poisonous’ Westminster atmosphere in order to sing ‘Ode to Joy’ in protest against Brexit…

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’?