Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to see Sakari Oramo perform Sibelius's Second and Seventh Symphonies, with the incomparable Anu Komsi singing Luonnotar and Ekho by Aarre Merikanto. During the interval I talked to Martin Handley about Luonnotar and Scaramouche, and the role that they play in Sibelius's stylistic experimentation. You can hear the whole concert and our... Continue Reading →
As part of the coverage of the Finnish Independence anniversary this year, I'll be cropping up across the BBC talking about Sibelius. The first couple of instalments are up now - the first is a clip discussing how Sibelius's theatre music relates to his wider output: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05hdg06 If 10 minutes is just too long, then... Continue Reading →
I've just had a short film released by the BBC! I am incomparably excited about this. It's available from BBC Arts - I'm talking about why we should listen to history as well as look at it, exploring Max Reinhardt's 1933 production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
Music Into Words is a series of events set up by music bloggers and journalists to discuss the future of writing about music, whether online or off. I will be speaking at the next event, on Sunday 12 February (13:15-17:00) at Morley College in London. Alongside Katy Hamilton, Tom Hammond, Kate Romano, Adrian Ainsworth, and... Continue Reading →
Bob Dylan caused controversy this week after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a piece for the Huffington Post, I argue that it was a good decision to give Dylan the Nobel. It acknowledges that lyrics are literature, and points towards the central role that songs can play in political discourse. The full... Continue Reading →
I gave an interview for the AHRC on my research - the full version can be found below. We're discussing theatre music, Scandinavian modernism, and the future of academia. http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/interview-leah-broad/
Blind Man’s Song is a simple question intricately answered. Blending mime, dance, and an exquisite soundtrack by Alex Judd, Theatre Re’s production explores why people kiss. It’s the type of question whose answer is limited only by the scope of one’s imagination, and Blind Man’s Song surpasses itself in creative scope. It’s not a flawless production, but it is consistently elegant and presents so many levels of nuance that the possibilities for interpretation seem limitless. It struck me as appropriate that the show should open their programme with a quote from the author Milan Kundera — they share the similar quality of offering surprising depth and structure behind an often deceptively uncomplicated surface.
Essentially, Blind Man’s Song tells a love story through sound and gesture. A blind musician remembers his relationship with a woman, and we share the story through his music. Theatre Re are far from the first…
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I'm absolutely thrilled to have been selected as one of the BBC/AHRC's New Generation Thinkers 2016. I'll be working with the BBC throughout the year to develop my research in to radio and tv programmes. More information about the scheme is available from the BBC's press release, and my first appearance as a New Generation... Continue Reading →
I'm absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism 2015, for an essay on Jean Sibelius's theatre music. The article was a review of a concert given by Pia Freund and Ismo Eskelinen at the Swedish Church in London, performing songs by Sibelius and John Dowland. It can be found... Continue Reading →