David Nicolls : ‘One Day’ Author’s new novel ‘Us’

Oh David Nicholls, the time has come for us to part ways. Having raced through ‘One Day’ only to be faced with disappointment at the finish line, I decided to give you a second chance with your latest bestseller ‘Us’. As a result of your latest offering, post ‘Us’, I can safely say it’s not … More David Nicolls : ‘One Day’ Author’s new novel ‘Us’

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 : Alan Gilbert conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for the BBC Proms 75

I had no intention of reviewing Prom 75, the penultimate night before the BBC Proms ended but how could I stop myself? It was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: the Choral, which to put it bluntly, is a bloody good symphony. All attempts to buy return tickets were out-of-bounds and stall seats were still unaffordable. Alas, … More Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 : Alan Gilbert conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for the BBC Proms 75

McDermott’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the ENO – A spectacle of candyfloss ****

Phelim McDermott’s production of ‘Cosi fan tutte’ at the English National Opera (ENO) is an outstanding display of eclectic and vibrantly coloured set designs. Tom Pye’s scenery evokes a 1950’s fun fair similar to Coney Island which include all the circus trimmings from a neon ferris wheel, cotton candy, tea cup rides and strange circus … More McDermott’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the ENO – A spectacle of candyfloss ****