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All the town's a stage

The typical classical concert format is well known. It’s the result of hundreds of years of evolution, but essentially boils down to this: you arrive at a concert hall, you sit down, and you listen. 664 more words


Cycling in Tuscany

The day after I had arrived in Pieve Santo Stefano was a Sunday. When I woke up it rained and it kept raining till noon. When I finally cycled down to the village I found the local supermarket had just closed its doors. 613 more words


Happy returns

Saturday evening and I am back at home after a couple of delectable weeks away, hidden from the crowds in Wordsworth’s Grasmere, exploring the environs and immersing myself in the local way of life, wonderful stuff. 472 more words


The Charm of Smaller Places

On our recent trip to Italy, we toured many well-known places along the Amalfi Coast and in Tuscany.  We visited Pompeii, Capri, and other notable tourist destinations– and enjoyed them immensely in spite of the crowds.   529 more words


Bass on a Plane: Getting to the Anghiari Festival

Gatwick airport, 9.00am. Hundreds of people, luggage obediently dragging behind them, make their way through the North Terminal building. Some are there on business, others are holidaymakers. 1,087 more words


Great Expectations

Back in the UK at last after what has been a long, exhausting but utterly satisfying week, it has been a real blessing to step off the plane and feel – what is that strange sensation? 1,046 more words


In the shadow of Verdi

I spent the weekend in Anghiari, working with the singers there in preparation for the performance of the Verdi Requiem at the end of the Festival.  278 more words