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 →
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 →
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 →
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/
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 →