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Art historian, wild mushroom hunter, curator, bee-keeper, independent film-maker – a few otherwise lost words about Timothy Neat: »

October 22nd, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, Englishness and British national identity, Heritage & History, Music

I spent part of last summer writing a long review of Timothy Neat’s two volume biography of Hamish Henderson, the poet and campaigner who made such a profound contribution to the Scottish folk revival in the 1950s and 1960s. The review appears in the London Review of Books, issue dated 3 November 2011.

On Melancholy and the humour of the night »

August 21st, 2001 | Posted in: Articles General, Music

On Harrison Birtwistle and Melancholia. An article derived from a lecture given for the Roche foundation before the premiere of Birtwistle’s ‘Night’s Black Bird’, Lucerne, Switzerland, 21 August, 2004.

Facing up to the subterranean stream: the challenge of Robin Blaser’s libretto »

August 1st, 2001 | Posted in: Articles General, Articles in Books, Literature, Music

About the libretto, by Robin Blaser, of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera, ‘The Last Supper’. Written for Glyndbourne Festival Opera, the first version was published in the seasonal programme book, Glyndbourne 2001, pp. 174-9.

Resist Me, Make Me Strong – On Chris Cutler »

November 11th, 1995 | Posted in: Articles General, Czecho-Slovakia, Music

About Chris Cutler, percussionist, lyricist, publisher, and the contrary entrepreneur behind ReR Megacorp. Published in the Guardian (Weekend section), 11 November 1995.

Bob Dylan Comes to Vladimir Merta’s Town »

March 23rd, 1995 | Posted in: Articles General, Czecho-Slovakia, Music

In March 1995, Bob Dylan launched a European tour at the House of Culture in Prague. I went to the concert with Vladimir Merta, a leading song writer with the cultural opposition before the Velvet Revolution. Published in the Guardian, 23 March 1995

Don Giovanni (and business planning) come to the Hackney Empire »

February 27th, 1993 | Posted in: Articles General, Enthusiasms, Music

The Hackney Empire is now splendidly refurbished, but in the early nineties, when the place was ‘managed’ by the heroically unorthodox Roland Muldoon, you could glimpse the sky through holes in the roof. It was encounters like this that persuaded me to give up on my accidental life as a ‘consultant’ to arts and voluntary organisations. Consultants may know the cost of roofs but they rarely see the sky at all. Thank you, Roland. . . Published in the Guardian, 27 February 1993.