By Kenneth O'Connor | 15 September 2014

My biggest surprise this week was to learn that the famous Fantasia on British Sea-Songs was written by the founder of the Proms himself, Henry Wood . Added to this was the surprise of making...

By David Abbott | 02 September 2014

Here is some more excellent advice from James Hayton, who I have written about previously. Having trouble with your tutor or supervisor? Well, don’t worry, you are not alone. Now,...

By Kenneth O'Connor | 29 August 2014

The most surprising pleasure I gained this week from the Proms was not through massive orchestration but rather a more intimate performance.  We were treated to Prokofiev and Schubert...

By David Abbott | 25 August 2014

I said in my last posting that I would try to find some examples of good conclusions . Well, easier said than done, but here I will discuss one example I found from my own reading list. If you...

By Kenneth O'Connor | 18 August 2014

This week we were treated to a splendid amount of religious music, sending up praise and wonder not only to gods but also of nature herself. On Thursday we heard Brahms’ 2nd piano...

By Emily Curran | 08 August 2014

Before you read this blog I’d like you to take a couple of minutes to answer the following questions: Why am I reading this? What do I want to get out of this by the end of the...

By Kenneth O'Connor | 29 July 2014

This year recognises the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and Modernity’s baptism by fire and the current schedule of the Proms rises to the occasion of commemorating this...

By Michael Williams | 25 July 2014

Guiding the listener through what you are saying is a skill which is often lost in a second language. Sometimes it seems that when I listen to students in class, they are so focussed on their...

By David Abbott | 21 July 2014

Apologies for a pause since my last posting – I’m currently juggling – trying to practice what I am preaching and write up a dissertation. This week here are some thoughts...

By Kenneth O'Connor | 16 July 2014

As an American I am quite interested in The Proms because we do not really have anything like it. The Proms (or officially known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented...

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