This year I have the pleasure of introducing Sibelius's Fifth Symphony at the Proms. The performance is on the 13th August, in a programme with Grieg's Piano Concerto and Arvo Pärt's Third Symphony. If you'd like to join me for my introduction, the talk is free and begins at 17.45 at the Imperial College Union.... 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 →
Absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism 2016! The shortlisting is for an article on Pia Freund and Ismo Eskelinen's performance of Sibelius songs for the 'Alternative Sibelius' series last year. The full shortlist is online here.
Review of ‘Burden of Proof’, a forensic photography exhibition which ran at the Photographers’ Gallery in London.
‘A photograph’, wrote Salman Rushdie, ‘is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.’ As soon as you press your finger to the shutter, the story begins — everything that falls outside the frame matters as much as what you include. I’ve never been more acutely aware of this than in the timely ‘Burden of Proof’ photography exhibition, currently running at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. Presenting a history of forensic photography from the early 1900s to the present day, the exhibition throws into sharp relief the vital role of the photographer in the justice process. In one corner, we see an image of a group of young men, talking as they share cigarettes. In the next picture along, the cameraman’s perspective has changed. The group now face away from the viewer; it becomes apparent that they are smoking before a pile of corpses. Are these men friends?…
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