Messiah preconcert discussion


Another of my Hogwood Fellowship engagements for the Academy of Ancient Music:  hosting a pre-concert discussion on Handel’s evergreen Messiah with VOCES8 conductor Barnaby Smith ahead of a 7:30pm performance. More details TBC, but the concert venue is the delightful chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge.

100 Years of Jazz


I’m taking part in this Geoff Eales project embracing 100 Years of Jazz.  It’s a Christmas concert at the Ukrainian Cathedral Hall, a central London venue right at the heart of Mayfair – the concert also features the vocal talents of Brigitte Beraha. Here’s a link to more information and tickets.

with Jim Mullen at Orpington Liberal Club


Excited to be playing with the great Jim Mullen, a truly outstanding jazz guitar player.  Here’s the link to full information about the gig: – the address is 7 Station Rd, Orpington BR6 0RZ

Bravos & Breastplates – lecture for The Arts Society Sevenoaks


Here’s the breakdown of my talk:

Starting with a look at the origins of opera as a form of courtly entertainment in Italy in the early years of the C17th, this overview takes in the opulent spectacles at the French court of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, and pokes its nose into opera houses across Europe in the Baroque era, including those in London, where Italian opera gained an unlikely foothold, and was memorably described by Dr Johnson as an “exotic and irrational entertainment”.

Sandy examines the legacy of those two creative giants of the nineteen century, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and takes us up towards our own time, where surtitles and HD cinema transmissions have made opera more widely accessible than ever before. Undeniably a major step forward – but has this come at a cost?

And event details are here. The venue is

Walthamstow Hall Senior School, Sevenoaks
Hollybush Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 3UL

The Age of Jazz – lecture for the Arts Society Turners Hill


Delivering my lecture on the roots of jazz up to the Second World War for the Arts Society Turners Hill – society and venue details are here

Shaken by an Earthquake – lecture for Chorleywood Fine Arts


Delivering my Rite of Spring lecture to Chorleywood Fine Arts – details are here

Misshapen Pearl – lecture for The Arts Society Amersham


Delivering my overview of the Baroque era in music for the Arts Society Amersham – full details are here

Shaken by an Earthquake – lecture for Sidmouth Arts Society


Delivering my talk on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  Lecture details are here – it takes place in Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion

pre-concert talks with Michael Collins


In my role as the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow, I’m talking to ace clarinettist and conductor Michael Collins ahead of concerts in Oxford (23rd), Cambridge (25th) and London (29th). Up for discussion: Mozart, Salieri and the magnificently-named composer Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel …