Hi,

I’m Colin Anderson, a writer on music and the editor of Classical Source.

Welcome to my Column, a bit of a blog: news, reviews, things to watch, and other posts to read; a mix of things. I hope you like the contents.

Cheers, Col

Lucerne Festival is cancelled

Lucerne, 29 April 2020. With deepest regret, Lucerne Festival announces that the Summer Festivalmust be cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic. It was to have taken place between 14 Augustand 13 September. Owing to the provisions that the Swiss Federal Council...

Press statement from the Royal Opera House

Today [April 27] we can confirm that all remaining Royal Opera House performances, events and activities will be cancelled until the end of the Season, up to and including 23 July. We will keep any date for re-opening under constant review following direct guidance...

John Suchet & Classic FM

This morning I switched on to Classic FM, despite its restricted and repetitive musical diet. I knew it should be John Suchet presenting. It was. To be honest, I was somewhat in trepidation. I have met Mr Suchet, years ago, at some function or other, and he’s a very...

Mark Bebbington plays Francis Poulenc [Resonus]

I haven’t enjoyed “monk and hooligan” Poulenc’s multifaceted Piano Concerto (1949) as much before. It’s a mishmash piece though: the first movement embraces insouciant tune, then a nod to Mozart followed by a suggestion of primetime TV weepy music, a whole range of...

Herbert Blomstedt is not 93 (not yet!)

Herbert Blomstedt is not 93 (not yet!)

Just now on BBC Radio 3, the evening concert @ 7.30, Herbert Blomstedt was consistently referred to as being ninety-three. He’s ninety-two, born 11 July 1927; might as well get in right. Good concert, Blomstedt and the Bavarian Radio SO, recorded just before last...