Verona Opera with Friends of Scottish Opera


Through my friends at ACE Cultural Tours, I’m leading and lecturing on a private trip to the Arena di Verona with Friends of Scottish Opera.

Opera – the melting pot of culture


I’m giving a talk for the Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society on “Opera – the melting pot of culture”, illustrated with images and music

Breaking out of opéra comique; an examination of Bizet’s Carmen


An illustrated talk on Carmenin a beautiful house in Chelsea, as part of the Masterclass Company’s series of History of Opera evenings.

Vienna State Opera with Kirker


Delighted to be asked to lead this Kirker Holidays trip to Vienna, where I’ll be lecturing on three operas – Adriana Lecouvreur, Eugene Onegin and L’elisir d’amore – ahead of performances at the Vienna State Opera. Brochure is here.

A Short Course on Chamber Music


In association with the Feast of Reason, I’ve prepared a short Classic Discovery course on chamber music.  It takes place over two evenings, the first in Brixton and the second at Wigmore Hall in Central London.

In this short course I will lead you through the sophisticated world of chamber music – a branch of classical music in which each instrument has one dedicated part to play.  A great example of this is the string quartet, renowned in late eighteenth-century Vienna for its sophistication and elegance.  Not for nothing did Goethe compare the sound of a string quartet as “four intelligent people conversing.” The session on Thursday 30th January will take chamber music apart and put it back together again, looking in particular at Haydn’s opus 20 no 5, Beethoven’s opus 59 no 2, and Bartók’s fourth quartet, with the help of recordings as well as excerpts played live in the comfort of Olivia’s living room.  Then on Wednesday 5th of February we go to hear the exciting young Carducci Quartet perform these three works at the temple of chamber music itself, and one of the most famous classical music venues in the world:  the Wigmore Hall in Central London.

These are always enjoyable occasions – sociable and informative. Click here for more information, and booking details.

Talk on JS Bach’s sacred cantatas for the Ross on Wye Classical Music Society


A raging serpent, a hellish dragon and God’s army of angels… but that’s enough about the audience! I’ve been invited to the Ross on Wye Classical Music Society to give a talk about my experience of conducting a complete cycle of JS Bach’s surviving sacred cantatas. And I’ll be offering a few illustrated reflections about this marvellous body of work.

The Classical Era – a Classic Discovery evening at the Reform Club


The Classical Era –  a Classic Discovery evening at the Reform Club

This is an invitation-only event for members of the Reform Club.

Aldeburgh Festival 2014


I’ve visited and broadcast from Aldeburgh many times; this is the first trip as lecturer and tour leader with my friends at ACE Cultural Tours.

Schwetzingen Music Festival


A week of high-standard chamber music, including visits to several stunning Baroque buildings and perhaps a hostelry or two. It’s one of several tours I’m leading with my friends at ACE Cultural Tours.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2014


Leading a second visit to this excellent, friendly classical music festival blessed with several touches of Irish eccentricity and charm. It’s one of several I’m doing with ACE Cultural Tours.