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A rescheduled recital, February 21st, 1.30pm in Oxford – Harris Manchester College

This recital, an invitation from Harris Manchester College was postponed last autumn, but now happily rescheduled. Once again my old friend and coach Peter Crockford accompanies, and my son Oliver joins for a couple of items. So if you are in or near Oxford on Thursday 21 February and have 40 lunchtime minutes to spare do come along; you will be most welcome. Continue reading

Sweeney Todd revisited (1)

A month ago I was cornered by Richard Williams and Joanna MacGregor at a mutual friend’s party. “Come to Dartington and do Sweeney Todd!” I havered…but said yes. After all, there were fully five four days of rehearsal for it to come flooding back!

I’m so glad I did for somehow we achieved the impossible under Richard’s less-is-more direction. Joanna sets the tone at Dartington by performing (brilliantly) most evenings in completely different repertoire. Impossible is not an option. Continue reading

Fake Sourdough

I am congenitally incapable of throwing anything away, and sourdough baking requires you to replenish your ‘mother’ starter regularly (FEEEED me!), after discarding some of it. Where? Down the drain? Not possible. Then again, time pressure means it’s not possible to make a sourdough loaf more than once every ten days. Solution: Fake (it’s all the rage) sourdough… Continue reading