A Brain Boost by Listening to Classical Music: The Mozart Effect

Paola Bassanese | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paola Bassanese

During the concert, we were reminded how listening to classical music makes us smarter: studies found that, while you get the most cognitive benefits from learning to play classical music, even listening to classical music can have some benefits on the brain.

Mozart & OAE: Don't Wait Until the End for a Standing Ovation

Dionysios Dervis-Bournias | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dionysios Dervis-Bournias

Should we wait for the end of a symphony or a concerto before applauding? Yes indeed, if we want to avoid the condescending sshhh! of our neighbours at Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall or any other concert hall.

Facebook Humblebrags Throughout History

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat to College Humor's Will Stephen and Nathan Yaffe for these - a collection of Facebook status humblebrags from historical figures... ...

Loud Music: Bursts Your Eardrums and Bursts My Brain

Paul Charlton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Paul Charlton

Do you own a phone with accompanying ear/headphones, or perhaps an iPod/ equivalent MP3-type device? Yes? Ok, well do you ever ride public transport as well? If the answer to these questions is yes, then there's a chance this rant is aimed at you...

Manchester Camerata: at Manchester Town Hall, Friday 20 September

Josephine | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

I'm used to being surrounded by musicians, but it usually involves lots of floppy-haired guitarists and sticky-floored venues (none of which smell so good, pre or post smoking ban). So, Friday night was something out of the ordinary.

A Classical Twist: Piano, Paganini and 'Punk Rock for Sissies'

Brendan Pittaway | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Brendan Pittaway

It seems like music has always had a place for rebels, those individuals who become fashionable by taking against the more established fashions of their day.

John Williams Comes to London Thanks to RPO

Ben Falk | Posted 12.12.2012 | Home
Ben Falk

The RPO are a brilliant ensemble and the thought of hearing the Superman fanfare emanating from their brass section is tantalising. It's always been an annoyance to me that movie scores aren't accorded the same respect as "traditional" classical music.

Should We Applaud Between Movements?

Paul Hewitt | Posted 03.12.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

Every summer I sit amazed and delighted at the BBC Proms audience who so enthusiastically, and yet often politely, applaud between movements while I so often sneakily snigger at the woman, a being of the utmost conventional practice, sitting in front who would always shake her hear in utter disapproval at the vulgarity of such a concept.

Beethoven and Barenboim at the BBC Proms

Neil Simpson | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Neil Simpson

Kenneth Clark once noted that he could not describe 'civilisation' - but he knew it when he saw it. With Beethoven's fifth, sixth and ninth symphonies, I wouldn't attempt to form any description of what human civilisation is or represents - but I know it when I hear it.

Classical Music From Scratch: B is for Brains

Hattie Garlick | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Hattie Garlick

If I've learnt anything, it's that Enya should come with a health warning (then again, I think I knew that instinctively already).

Nothing: A Centenary to Celebrate

Paul Kilbey | Posted 10.04.2012 | Home
Paul Kilbey

Our poetry now is the realisation that we possess nothing. 2012 does not only mark the hundredth anniversary of the fall of the Qing Dynasty, and the...

A Neapolitan Affair: Christophe Rousset and Cimarosa

Paul Hewitt | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

Christophe Rousset, born in 1961, is one of the worlds leading baroque conductors. Growing up in Aix-en-Provence he realised his talent as a harpsicho...

Il prigioniero/Philharmonia; Wagner's Dream/BBCSO; Sarah-Jane Brandon/Classical Opera Company- review

Paul Hewitt | Posted 01.04.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

A week of opera: The Philharmonia presented an interesting programme of Beethoven followed by Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero at the Royal Festival Hal...

Get Your Groove On

Paul Hewitt | Posted 31.03.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

A huge success in Berlin's hip cultural scene this is the Yellow Lounge's second visit to London and I'd say a successful one. I was confused as to what the format of the event was; was it an informal recital? Or was it, indeed, a classical music clubbing night? The definition was hard to tell.

Andreas Scholl - Bach Cantatas; Aleksandra Kurzak - Gioia! /Decca - review

Paul Hewitt | Posted 19.03.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

This is countertenor Andreas Scholl's first Bach recording for Decca. He holds worldwide acclaim and is regularly hailed as the "world's greatest countertenor". His superstardom, however, has not stopped him from honouring the works of a certain composer that he has known since the age of nine: Bach.

What Is Dazzling Technique?

Paul Hewitt | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home
Paul Hewitt

I am often frustrated with the way critics talk about pianists; one, including this particular critic, often describes the pianist in critique as havi...

Why Stephen Fry Should Stop Gushing Over Dead People

Paul Kilbey | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Entertainment
Paul Kilbey

What is it about classical music that makes us lose words? What is it about it that we find so hard to articulate or to explain? What is it about it that reduces even Stephen Fry - Stephen Fry, the reason the word 'polymath' is still in the dictionary - to an incoherent, pretentious train wreck?