Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

It’s not every day that the telephone rings and the man’s voice at the other end happens to be a legendary composer of film music. But that’s what happened to me yesterday. My home phone rang at 5pm and the caller was none other than John Williams, phoning from the famous Massachusetts music venue Tanglewood where […]

He was the most adored singer of his time, his vocal brilliance bringing him fame and wealth beyond comparison. Before the age of 10, Carlo ‘Farinelli’ Broschi (1705-1782) had joined countless other young boys subjected to that barbaric snip that kept their voices high-pitched, pure, and flexible. As women were barred from taking part in […]

Call me ‘sad’ but one of the few things that makes bearable the swift drawing-in of the evenings in this part of the world is the return each autumn of the extraordinary phenomenon that is The X-Factor. Now, I am no television addict by any stretch of the imagination – I don’t even have a […]

Mandela at 90


It was undoubtedly one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had, on Friday 27 June, to be standing in London’s Hyde Park, amidst a crowd of some 46,000 genuinely friendly people, in the presence of a living legend.  While I couldn’t quite agree with the over-enthusiastic compere of the Nelson Mandela 90th birthday concert who […]