Telegraph Travel Tours: Opera in Verona


In conjunction with the Daily Telegraph and ACE Cultural Tours, I’m spending a week at the world-famous opera festival at the Arena di Verona, delivering talks on three great works and exploring this beautiful city and its environs.  Here’s a link to more information.

Beethoven’s Long Shadow: lecture for Arts Society Harpenden Evening


Delivering my Beethoven and post-Beethoven talk for Harpenden Evening Arts Society.  The lecture takes place at Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden.

with Pete Rudeforth Jazz Band in Wisbech


Details here… the gig is at Elgood’s Brewery, 72 N Brink, Wisbech PE13 1LW

Bachfest in Leipzig – Cantata Ring


Delighted and honoured to be leading this ACE Cultural Tours trip to the Leipzig Bachfest 2018, and talking about a subject close to my heart:  the cantatas that he wrote for liturgical use. It’s a body of work I know well, having masterminded a complete cycle of cantatas between 1997 and 2010. And the opening weekend of this year’s Bachfest is given over to a special focus on some of the greatest of these works, in the so-called Cantata Ring.  The tour is sold out, but full information is here.

Beauty and balance, disorder and intimacy: music in Vienna 1784-1824


I’ve been invited to give a guest talk on Viennese music within the context of an art history course run by the excellent Sian Walters.  Here’s details of the course, and this is a run down of what I’ll be covering:


Mozart:  String Quartet No. 17 in B flat K.458 “the Hunt” (1784)

Beethoven: Symphony no. 3, “Eroica” (1804)

Schubert: Moment musical no 6 in A flat D.780 (1824)


In this music-centred session, guest speaker Sandy Burnett examines Viennese music at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and assesses the popularity of this “Classical” era of classical music which is so celebrated right up to this day? In doing so, he co-opts three masterful works, each written twenty years apart. First comes a stunning example of writing for string quartet, the most highly prized musical medium in the eyes of Viennese cognoscenti, courtesy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Then a product of the limitless imagination of Ludwig van Beethoven, who applied Classical forms and techniques to his own musical and extra-musical concerns in works such as the Eroica symphony, originally written with Napoleon Bonaparte in mind.  And finally to Franz Schubert, whose music looked inward rather than out:  an approach which chimed perfectly with the Biedermeier mentality of post-1815 Vienna.



Taking Risks with Creativity talk at Soho House, Berlin


Editorial Intelligence have invited me to talk about creativity from a musician’s perspective at their “Human and the Machine” conference at Soho House, Berlin.  I have made sure that a double bass will be on hand… Here’s a link to more information

Age of Jazz lecture for Arts Society Norwich


Delivering my lecture on the origins of jazz for the Arts Society Norwich – it’s the society’s 50th anniversary celebration lecture.  Visitors welcome – the venue is the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UH

Melk Baroque Festival with ACE Cultural Tours


A return visit to this excellent Baroque festival in Lower Austria… details here