Tony Hancock is returned to me!

Tony Hancock is returned to me!

With only an analogue radio for company in hospital I was denied BBC Radio 4 Extra and its comedic delights. Now back home, it’s good to know that Tony Hancock continues to occupy his Wednesday slot – at 8 o’clock, midday and 7 p.m. – with...
Billy Budd at the Met.

Billy Budd at the Met.

Last night on BBC Radio 3 I listened to Britten’s opera, recorded at the Met in 1997. A riveting performance, I was glued to the broadcast from first note to last. Great singing and characterisation (Dwayne Croft as Billy, the late Philip Langridge as Vere,...
The Return of the Native, Colin to his Column!

The Return of the Native, Colin to his Column!

Egdon Heath, Thomas Hardy country I’m back following two months’ hospitalisation and rehab, meeting kind, skilful and dedicated doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists along the way. Give me a few days (or longer!) to sort myself out...
Paavo Järvi waltzes with DKAM.

Paavo Järvi waltzes with DKAM.

In this filmed, no-audience, concert, Paavo Järvi conducts Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, with the radiant soprano voice of Golda Schultz, in idiomatic, affectionate and very enjoyable renditions of Strauss Family favourites, adding in a guest appearance from...