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  • 01 March 2015

    This year, for the first time in several years, I'm not going to be migrating south in June to attend the annual Lot piano camp. At the time the redoubtable Anne Brain was taking her bookings last winter there was too much uncertainty about the future shape of my working life (much clearer now: I step down as editor of the Guardian after 20 years and became both Princple of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, in October as well as the chair of the Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian. 

  • 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.

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