Tag: London

Playing The Barre: A pianist at work

Balletopiano people! Here’s one for you. The result of a delightful chat with ballet pianist Jonathan Still. What do ballet pianists do exactly? How do dancers hear music differently to musicians? [gview file=”http://theomniscientmussel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Ballet-Pianists-Adair-Listen-Mag.pdf”] For more pieces like this – subscribe…

The Clog Dance – Royal Ballet

Men in bonnets! Clogs! Slapstick! Just another night at the ballet. La fille mal gardée at the Royal Ballet to be precise. The year of its premiere, 1789, was somewhat overtaken by a little something that would later become known…

Day 10: Adeste Fidelis

An epic start, some interesting noodling that gets a bit lost in the wilderness, a climactic tease, a bit more noodling and then an rollicking build up to a conclusion worthy of best speakers on house-shaking volume. It’s a DB9…

London 2012: The bells toll for you

It’s Olympic day! The bells are ringing, people are happy and it just started raining for the first time in a week. There was a lot of bell ringing this morning at 8:12 for Martin Creed’s “Piece 1197: All the…

Esa-Pekka Salonen Carries Olympic Torch

I arrived 45 minutes early and staked out my spot. The dome of St Paul’s and a lovely green tree would make the perfect backdrop for a photograph of Esa-Pekka as he ran by with the torch. What I didn’t…

Invisible Art

Nothing to see here…….OR IS THERE? (The less mysterious spambait-looking version is: the Hayward Gallery has an exhibition on now of invisible art. I went and I liked it very much. Read all about it, including some thoughts from gallery…

The Queen: Art & Image

The National Portrait Gallery has an exhibition about the Queen. There are 60 paintings/images/holograms covering the 60 years of her reign. What does the exhibition tell us about art? Not too much. What does it tell us about the Queen?…

Universe of Sound

So. The Philharmonia Orchestra has this thing on at the Science Museum in London called Universe of Sound that uses HD video, a couple Microsoft Kinects and copies of orchestral parts to give people an idea of what it’s like…

Chelsea Fringe

A few weeks ago I got to spend a couple days in the sunshine chatting to people about the various gardening projects that made up the inaugural the Chelsea Fringe. The garden-keen amongst you will no doubt be familiar with…

Foster the People

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with Mark Foster from Foster the People for Time Out New York. At first listen, Torches is a collection of light indie pop with obligatory hand claps and the occasional laser beam…

People of London

and anyone else who will be in town from 23rd May to 8 July: This is coming to the Science Museum and Miss Mussel is willing to bet that it will rock your socks. More ici.

Sicut cervus desiderat

It’s Holy Week, which means there is a lot of church on offer. If you’re in London, and are so inclined, there are more chances than usual to hear some less commonly performed sacred music in situ. Tonight at the…

Ballet Shoes

EN POINTE! from The Apiary on Vimeo. In the autumn, I had a chance to visit the workshop in East London where Freed make their ballet shoes. The tension between fashion and function, art and craft and high and lowbrow…

Tori Amos: Night of Hunters

Tori Amos has a new record out on Deutsche Grammophon. Whether this is a good thing or the end of the world as we know it is up to you. From my chair, it’s one of the rare crossover projects…

Proms Picks 2010

After a whirlwind tour last summer, Miss Mussel will sadly be unable to attend any of the Proms in 2010. There is something quite special about the festival although articulating that specialness is rather like trying to pick up the…

Photographs Of The Age Of Enlightenment

Over the last month, the OAE has been sharing images from their 2010/11 promotional campaign on their excellent blog. For inspiration, Chris Harrison of Harrison & Co. turned to the lowly gaffer tape. The results, photographed by Eric Richmond, are…

Getting To Know You

On Miss Mussel’s last trip to London, she had the good fortune to discover a used bookshop in South Ken with a basement full of treasure. After spending an hour or so considering various volumes of poetry and history, the…