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


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

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

talk for Ross Classical Music Society


I’m delighted to return to this friendly music club in a beautiful part of the country. The society meets at Christ Church, Upper Edde Cross Street, Ross-On-Wye, HR9 7BZ. This time round my talk is on “Opera – the melting pot of cultures”, and I’ll be illustrating it with images and music. Here’s an overview:

Sandy Burnett returns to Ross with an audio visual overview of the world of opera. With the aid of rare slides and hand-picked recordings he describes opera’s courtly origins in 17th century Italy, its unlikely success in Georgian England, Wagner and Verdi’s Romantic innovations and the cinematic revolutions of our time.

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

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.

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.

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.

Mozart Opera Festival in Warsaw


Delighted that Kirker Holidays have invited me to the 2012 Mozart Opera Festival in Warsaw as resident lecturer. The programme includes The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, as well as other non-operatic Mozart masterpieces including the Requiem.  Full tour details are here.

Music at the Castle


As well as performing, talking about music is amongst the most rewarding work that I do. I’m delighted to continue my association with Martin Randall Travel, the UK’s leading cultural travel organisation, with a couple of engagements in 2011. This weekend takes me to Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle to lecture on nineteenth-century string quartets by Czech and German composers, in the company of the excellent Wihan Quartet. Full details here.

The Elements of Jazz – jazz talk playlist

Making plans for two exciting appearances at the Oxford Jazz Festival this Easter weekend. First, a trio gig with our new Django meets Wes Montgomery project Major Swing, then a jazz talk at the Ashmolean entitled The Elements of Jazz. Do check out my BBC Radio 3 Jazz Lineup interview with Julian Joseph below – and  if you can make it along to either or both dates, it would be great to see you there.  There’s more on the Festival, and those dates, here: 

Plenty to cram into that hour at the Ashmolean on Easter Sunday – and if you’re interested, here’s the playlist of tunes I’ll be dipping into: 

Improvisation on the first movement of J. S. Bach’s D minor concerto – Bach arr. Reinhardt
Eddie South, Stephane Grappelli (vlns);  Django Reinhardt (gtr)
So What
Miles Davis
Kind of Blue
Dancing in the Dark
Diana Krall
The Look of Love
Dancing in the Dark
Cannonball Adderley
Somethin’ Else
I Believe in You
Frank Sinatra/Count Basie Orchestra
It might as Well be Swing
How Insensitive
Liane Carroll
Standard Issue
Rockin’ in Rhythm
Duke Ellington
Biréli Lagrène
Koko (take 2)
Charlie Parker
Autumn Leaves
Stan Getz
Autumn Leaves
Eddy Louiss, Michel Petrucciani
Conférence de Presse
Fables of Faubus
Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um
The Story
The Matthew Herbert Big Band
There’s Me and There’s You
Exercise #9
Steve Rawlins
21 Bebop Exercises

Oh, and one of these tracks I can’t stand – can you guess which? 


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