Category: Features

Matt Andersen – O Holy Night – Vinyl Cafe

Reader A. brings tidings of great joy – Matt Andersen and O Holy Night have made it onto Youtube courtesy of Techy72. Now you can see what had Miss Mussel at a loss for words – no mean feat! Andersen…

And So It Begins

Today is the first Sunday of Advent and also the first day of a new ecclesiastical year. Miss Mussel is not a cradle Anglican and is still learning the ropes, so the rhythm of the church year and the rituals…

The Day Thou Gavest

A tweet by @jessicaduchen noting that it gets dark in London by 4:30 at this time of year put Miss Mussel in mind of her favourite time of year in Manchester. 200 miles further north and on the same latitude…

Thoughts On The Berliner Mauerfall

These were meant to be posted on Monday in honour of the Berliner Mauerfall commemoration. Celebration doesn’t seem like quite the right word, particularly since even now, 20 years on, not all Berliners are convinced that this modern day Jericho…

Blast From The Not So Distant Past: Carl Stalling

A good friend has recently turned Miss Mussel on to the genius of Carl W. Stalling – the man behind the music of Looney Tunes. Several hours have been lost in a Youtube black hole but it’s been worth it….

NAJP Arts Summit Live Feed

Today from 12 noon to 4pm EST, the National Arts Journalism Program will be running it’s Summit On Arts Journalism. Tune in here to hear the lectures and participate in the discussions both in the forum and on Twitter. Live…

Yellow Lounge: Albrecht Mayer At The Berghain

Words and sound at some future date. For now, here’s how it looked on Tuesday 15th September. Click on any image to make it bigger and/or start a slideshow. For non-oboe nerds, Albrecht Mayer is the principal oboe of the…

Margaret Atwood: Reinventing The Book Tour – Again

This article originally appeared in today’s Toronto Star LONDON&Book tours are exhausting & something few Canadians know better than Margaret Atwood. Three years ago, tired of travelling all day and eating out of mini-bars, she unveiled her solution to an…

Urban Hiking Volume II

The first part of this hike was ruined by having to be somewhere at a certain time but over all it was another great use of what is surely one of the few remaining summer days. Over the last couple…

Urban Hiking

Due to an early closure of the Vigo Street Starbucks and a failure on Miss Mussel’s part to remember her internet donglemabob, a considerable window of time opened up last night ahead of the Ukulele Prom. The weather was absolutely…

Survey Says

A few weeks ago Ben from Classical Convert posted a ranking of Beethoven’s symphonies based on the number of views the Karajan set got on Youtube. His conclusion was 957 364 812. A while back, Miss Mussel started to develop…

Prima Donna Review Roundup

Who’s saying what about Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna. On the whole, the pop people loved it and the classical people were 3 stars or under. The Good The Times | Guardian |ManchesterConfidential | Manchester Evening News | NME | BBC…

Review: Prima Donna

In Tuesday’s Toronto Star The Palace Theatre in central Manchester is usually home to the likes of Chicago, Les Mis and the Christmas pantos. Audiences know exactly what they’re going to get when they attend and usually go home happy….

Preview: Rufus Wainwright – Prima Donna

In Saturday’s Toronto Star The marketing machine is in high gear in Manchester in aid of the Rufus Wainwright’s new opera Prima Donna. There are banners and billboards all over town and Tuesday night Wainwright was the subject of an…

Amadou And Miriam With The Beating Wing Orchestra

The OM’s UK headquarters has been without internet this past week, so reporting on the Manchester International Festival has been rather trying. Quaint teashops with lovely sandwiches and free wi-fi are great but it’s difficult for this bivalve to muster…

Be Still My Beating Heart

It’s every bit as romantic as it looks. More about Glyndebourne after the weekend. We got all photo fancy here at the OM, so click on any image to activate a larger slideshow.