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Friday 18th February 2011
You can read my review of the Royal Opera House's world premiere of Anna Nicole in today's Independent, here. It was quite a night, all things considered...
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Friday 11th February 2011

No, not Facebook... This is about our leading cultural institutions and their membership systems. Friends schemes are a wonderful thing if you're in them; and as public subsidy shrinks we'll be seeing more and more developing. But with demand for membership starting to outstrip the supply of seats, the most sought-after events can sell out before booking has opened to the general public.

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Monday 31st January 2011

Happy Monday, all. A few bits and pieces to tell you about today.

1. WEDNESDAY, 2 FEB, SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM

Andris Nelsons is conducting Mahler 9 and I will be giving a pre-concert talk. The topic is: "Musical endgames" and it's all about love and death, but will be a lot more fun than that sounds. Kick-off is 6.15pm. Do come along & say hi. More here.

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Friday 21st January 2011

There is nobody like Schubert. There was nobody like Menuhin. There was no pianist like Kentner. So, just because we can, just for the sake of incredible music and musicianship, here they are. For some reason the usual 'embed' code isn't working here at present, but just link through to Youtube, and there you should find the other three parts of the Fantasy in C major pop up too.

 

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Wednesday 19th January 2011

I couldn't interview Tchaikovsky about Swan Lake, but had a great time talking to Joby Talbot, who's written the first full-length original score commissioned for a new ballet at Covent Garden in 20 years. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland opens on 2 March and sounds, well, curiouser and curiouser. Joby tells me about writing a waltz that is like "Johann Strauss gone bananas" and what the White Rabbit will have in common with the Great Gonzo. All here in today's Independent.

Pity we went to print before I could grab @LondonBallerina Lauren Cuthbertson's latest tweets from rehearsals (she's dancing Alice on opening night), which involve the Duchess, a frying pan and a foot - hers. "Lesson learnt.... dont get your foot hit by a pan if you wanna get on point any day soon :(" and then "it wasnt hot.... the duchess did it in the kitchen scene!! Booooo!!!!" The Duchess is being danced by one Simon Russell Beale. Off with his head? (Pictured: Lauren in Balanchine's Serenade.)

Here's the video trailer at the ROH site. There's more info, too, in a section aptly entitled READ ME. And here is the site for booking.

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Friday 14th January 2011
My piece from today's Independent on how the piano recital is constantly rejuvenated by rugged individualists, from Glenn Gould to James Rhodes. Plus a selection of the best young pianists to watch out for.
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About Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.

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