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Music in Game of Thrones: S08E05 ‘The Bells’

**SPOILERS** Ugh I have a lot of Feelings about this episode. While I’m glad that the writers fully committed to the “power corrupts” motto that has been driving GoT since day one, I am really disappointed by Dany’s plot arc from flawed hero to war criminal in the space of a couple of episodes. Sure,... Continue Reading →

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Music in Game of Thrones: S08E04 ‘The Last of the Starks’

**SPOILERS** Well. ‘The Last of the Starks’ certainly puts Game of Thrones back in the heartlands of what it does best — betrayal, misery, and ruthless murder.  With all attention focused on the Night King in the first three episodes of season 8, Cersei’s really been in the background so far. But she’s now made... Continue Reading →

BBC Proms 2019

I'm delighted to be giving some Proms pre-concert talks this year. I'm doing two talks, on the 3rd and 4th August, so please come and join me for a whole weekend on Nordic goodness! On the 3rd I'll be talking about the first version of Sibelius's 5th symphony, penned in 1915. On the 4th I'm... Continue Reading →

Music Inspired by Shakespeare

Shakespeare has long been a source of musical inspiration. From Mendelssohn to Macmillan, countless composers have written incidental music for Shakespeare’s plays or set Shakespeare’s words to music. Seeing as it’s (probably) Shakespeare’s birthday, here’s a playlist of 15 pieces inspired by Shakespeare. 1. Wilhelm Stenhammar As You Like It. Stenhammar penned this music in 1920... Continue Reading →

Reflecting on the Proms 2019

The Proms have announced their 2019 season, and as usual both programme and opinions on it are varied. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is alongside cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Edward Elgar beside Nina Simone. There are themed concerts ranging from sci-fi film music to Queen Victoria’s piano, to a concert based on best-selling book The Lost Words.... Continue Reading →

Why incidental music?

As with very many (perhaps too many) things in my life, it all began with Sibelius. During my undergraduate degree I had discovered Sibelius’s symphonies and, after some soul-searching, decided that I loved this music enough to pursue a Masters on Sibelius, and try to build an academic career studying Nordic music. I threw myself... Continue Reading →

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