A very thoughtful gift from a Kassia Women's Choir member, this book "Play It Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible" was a stunning reminder of how much you can achieve if you just PRACTICE! Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian newspaper and talented sightreader but self-confessed Bad Practicer of the piano.
In the same year as the Arab Spring, the Japanese Tsunami and WikiLeaks (although wasn't to know that at the time) he set himself the challenge of genuinely
I've just finished reading Tom Service's excellent 'Music As Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras' and thought I'd jot down a couple of thoughts here. I've glanced through a few 'conducting' books so far and they can run the risk of getting a tad tedious. However this one takes a fresh approach in that (shock! horror!) the author interviews not only the conductors but their players too, which does seem sensible. After all, a conductor without players
Tallis Vocalis got a lovely mention in the SCMP letters page this week (8th July). In a letter written by William Littlewood in response to the usual (and SO tedious) "Hong Kong is a cultural desert" whinge by columnist Alex Lo ("Why Hong Kong localism has no future"), he used our Requiem concert in Mongkok as evidence that this is really not the case. "As I came away from a beautiful concert in Mong Kok's All Saints' Cathedral, given by a new choir Tallis Vocalis... I felt p