Tag: UK

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…

Peter Cook: A Life In Pieces

Now that Niklaus, Santa and the Christkind have gone, we’re stuck in that pleasant limbo before the Three Kings turn up and plunge us all back into usefulness. Languid days, pleasant though they are, benefit from a least a slight…

Day 25: Carols From King’s DVD Preview

Not only do we have a free download of Once In Royal David’s City, there is also a peak at part of the 2014 Christmas from King’s 9 Lessons & Carols service DVD. Good tidings of great joy, which shall…

Day 24: Free Download from King’s

Once in Royal David’s City is traditionally the first sung at the King’s College 9 Lessons & Carols service. It builds from a single treble to full choir, organ and descant. In a home listening situation, it is at its…

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?…

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…

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…

Alla marcia

Sibelius – Alla marcia from Karelia Suite Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Charles Mackerras

Stephen Merchant

“One of my great frustrations on the tour in England was I was always imagining that there would be gorgeous groupies hanging around outside but most of my groupies are middle-aged guys who work in computing. I shall be intrigued…

Arthur Streeb-Greebling – A Life In Pieces

It’s officially 2012, but seeing as the wisemen still have 6 days to show up, it’s still technically Christmas – the seventh day, in fact. Keep an eye out for any stray swans. They’ll only act as a beacon for…

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…

Elbow: Interview Extras

The Manchester band Elbow finished its North American tour last night in Los Angeles. I caught up with them in Toronto on Wednesday. I first heard of Elbow when they did a gig with the Hallé Orchestra as part of…

As One Does: Fred Dibnah

This just in: steeplejacking is insane. Much to enjoy in the little docu aside from watching an elderly man climb an insanely tall ladder without a harness and then walk about at the top like a bipedal mountain goat. Like…

Manchester Whitsun Procession

Sunday afternoon, Miss Mussel found herself wanding around Manchester’s city centre. The weather was glorious, the buskers were out and there were plenty of grass patches upon which Manchester fine citizens were acquiring their orange tinge in a more natural…

The Single Most Dangerous Scientific Discovery Ever

Women of the world: Miss Mussel is sorry to report that a new study from Australia has declared that man colds are real. *crickets* Maybe since the toilet water swirls backwards down there, we should also interpret anything Aussies say…