Waiting for the Swan

Just before Swan Lake, by the Moscow City Ballet, in Nottingham last night. Not the best performance in the world, and you know the orchestra isn’t going to be digging deep into your soul when it wheels out a Korg instead of a real harp, but it was still entertaining.


Alisa Weilerstein – Elgar Cello Concerto (Excerpt)

Weilerstein tackles the famous Elgar Cello Concerto with Daniel Barenboim conducting. They recorded the Cello Concerto together for a new and much-anticipated album – something made all the more notable considering Daniel Barenboim was married to Jacqueline du Pré, legendary cellist who famously made the piece her own before succumbing to multiple sclerosis.

I was lucky enough to watch Alisa Weilerstein play this with the Hallé Orchestra late last year, and was blown away.


Benjamin Britten’s Centenary

This year is the centenary of English composer Benjamin Britten, so now is an appropriate time to discover some of Britten’s amazing works. The above – an interlude originally from the opera Peter Grimes – is one of my favourites, and if you failed to be moved by this, then you do not have a soul – fact. There’s a whole load of things going on this year, performances and new biographies, and such a landmark year prompts much discussion of his legacy. Listen to some of his music here, if you’re of a classical persuasion.