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Category Archives: Weekly Thought

Narrow the path to find direction

Complete creative freedom leads to a superfluity of possibilities. Routine can rout restlessness Structure can inspire creativity Convention can caste out chaos and formlessness  Limits can expand horizons “My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes […]

Argandi Piano Trio plays Vasks

My thanks to the argandi piano trio for introducing me to the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and for re-establishing my faith in the innate possibilities of the piano trio.  As a result of a couple of recent experiences, I had been wondering whether the combination of piano, violin and ‘cello was not simply too great a compositional challenge.  […]

From Russia with Love

During the February half-term holidays I was able (thanks to the generosity of my family) to sneak off to the From Russia exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The exhibition contains paintings by French and Russian artists working between 1870 and 1925 and looks at the cultural cross-over between the two countries.  Central to the […]

Let the whole school sing!

Last Monday evening the Sainte-Marie primary school of St Gilles, Brussels, put on a concert involving the whole school.  It was a wonderful turn out, and the pupils did themselves proud.  What a success : bravo à tous! The concert was the culmination of phase I of an educative project set up by ReMuA : Etoiles […]

Hildegard Von Bingen

Oddly, until the beginning of this year, I had not performed any of the works of Hildegard Von Bingen.  Now, finally, I have been given the excuse I needed to catch up on this incredible medieval figure, who, to my astonishment, is not even mentioned in many standard History of Music text books.  My thanks go […]