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  • 14 September 2014

    For the second year we went to the Schubertiade Festival in Schwarzenberg, in Austria. My review of it for the Guardian is here

    You don't go to the Schubertiade just for Schubert. You don't even go just for the music. Imagine the front door of the Wigmore Hall opening not on to a busy, noisy West End street, but straight to a Scottish glen or lake. Music is almost a bonus.

  • 22 August 2014

    Was back for this year's piano camp in the Lot Valley - with a new tutor, the chamber musician, Susan Tomes.  A few changes this year: instead of the course taking place at Anne Brain's house, we moved into a local hotel, Le Vert - a really sweet hotel surrounded by its own orchards and run by Eva and Bernard Philippe. 

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